May 3, 2020

View from the Faith Office

A reflection for the 4th Sunday of Easter

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View From The Faith Office

“The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want” (Psalm 23)

The gentle, caring love of God in the midst of our uncertainty and fear

In the midst of all the uncertainty and even fear that we are all experiencing, we read in this Sunday’s psalm that “the Lord is my shepherd” and that “I shall not want”. The gentle, pastoral lines from Psalm 23 evoke images of a parent cradling a child in their protective arms, shielding the child with soothing, reassuring words of love and strength in the face of a situation that the vulnerable child simply cannot understand.

As we continue to face the difficulties, the restrictions and threat of the Coronavirus, and the physical, emotional and social dislocation it has caused, it is worth just sitting in quiet and peace with the beauty and simplicity of this ancient prayer of praise and thanksgiving,letting the reassuring love of God wash over us.

“You lead me beside still waters to restore my soul.”

“Even though I walk through the darkest valleys, I fear no evil.”

“You are there with me, to comfort me.”

The psalm invites us to rest easy in the loving arms of God in the face of a hostile world, confident that “goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.”

We pray in response:

Lord Jesus Christ
You are the gatekeeper of the Kingdom
Protecting us and embracing us
With your strong yet loving, gentle arms.
You are the one who shows us
The way to the Father who loves us
As a shepherd loves the sheep.
In these difficult and uncertain times
When all around us is confusing and threatening
Be for us a strength and security
That we may be kept safe
And know the way home.
Amen

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