The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)

Right now . . . . I am wishing that I was not writing a week ahead. I would greatly desire to write to the current situation rather than writing for what the situation might be like a week from now. Because, the way things are, who knows what next week might be like. Right now, world wide, we are facing closings of public places such as schools, libraries, sporting events, and other large public gatherings. People are being advised to use caution when out in public. Right now it seems like a lot is being asked for in order to keep each other safe. Not that I am disagreeing with the measures being put in place. But how can I write for the future and what might happen if the present – the now – looks so grime.

I have been to two grocery stores so far, and I can see how fear, panic, and ultra preparatory measures have altered shopping habits. It is evident too in what is reported in the media. Again, this is just this week. Who knows what Saturday will bring?!

One of the things that already seems in short supply is peace and calm. The lack of that may increase also – perhaps in a week’s time draining us to the nub of our spirits.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.” (Verses 2 – 3)

The 23rd Psalm seems to be a perfect antidote to whatever might come. And if it is a good balm to me this week, as I write to it, I can only imagine what it might mean in a week’s time. While I have no great illusions as to how wide spread my blog is read – on all the websites it appears – I can’t help but feel that the voice of calm and reassurance backed up by scripture is and will be a helpful thing. Maybe it will calm the fears of those who read it – I hope and pray so!

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Verses 4 – 5)

Just think . . . it was written so long ago (as was most if not all scripture, actually) and yet in our current time it has such a great potential to fill a need. While I think this period of time has the potential to be very wearing, trying, and challenging – I hope authentic Christians can find solace in their faith. Is that not the purpose of faith, to hold us in when all worldly things around us seem to pull us down? And the season of Lent – does it not beckon us to come the Lord God in prayer and mediation that we might not find grace and peace?

Our spiritual forebearers went through and endured trying to times. Their faith bore them up, and saw them through. Christian faith has been tested time and time again, with the same scriptures that we have now. The scriptures that I present to you, beloved readers, several times a week. May it offer you the calm and blessing that has been bestowed on countless others.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.” (Verse 6)