March 3

Psalm 75; Psalm 76; Psalm 23; Psalm 27; Genesis 43:16-34;
1 Corinthians 7:10-24
; Mark 5:1-20

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. Psalm 23:1

The twenty-third psalm must be a favorite for everyone. It was the first one I learned. I have always loved the images it evokes. These days I live on the farther side of my allotted years. I can look back and picture many green fields and quiet rivers. I remember times when I needed encouragement and when serious mistakes had to be rectified. I have not escaped being touched by the valley of the shadow of death, either by a close call, or by the sorrow of having loved ones die. Proofs have come of not having to fear evil; I have known myself to be protected and certainly comforted. Threats that loomed have eventually faded into the background. So many blessings; I am overwhelmed. I bring all this to mind from the past and then I read the last words of the 23rd psalm: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”