Seeker: “The LORD is my shepherd,”
Preacher: We remind you Lord that you have said the Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. The depth of love that displays us moves up to tears, our Lord God. We thank you and bless your name that your love is so unending!
Seeker; “I shall not want.”
Preacher: There are many things we think we need and want. And there are essentials of life. And we acknowledge that not all people have those. But we know we are stewards of the resources on this world. If someone is in “want” of physical needs, nudge us and move us to fill those needs. But of love and reassurance in this life, there is not “want” because you are always with us. Selah!
Seeker: “He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;”
Preacher: You are an oasis to us, oh Lord God! In your peace, there is great comfort. If we trust in you, we can always come to you and you will give us rest. In our meditations and in our prayers we are refreshed by you.
Seeker: “ . . . he restores my soul.”
Preacher: What greater gift is there, Lord God, there our soul to be revived so that we can continue living for you and working towards your plan for all of humanity! What ever we might define the work we are called to by the Divine, it is a plan that will lead to shalom for all humanity.
Seeker: “He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.”
Preacher: And if the work we are called to does not lead to shalom for all of humanity, it is probably not an authentic called from the Divine. Lord God, may we test this as often as needed.
Seeker: “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.”
Preacher: When we are called out Lord, may we walk the path you have set before us without fear, for we know you are with us.
Seeker: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
Preacher: We know that you will provide for us; when we thirst and hunger, you are there. We gain strength from your Presence, and from the presence of those who travel with us. May those who consider themselves our enemy, watch our journey. And may they turn from enemies to friends, and fellow travelers.
Seeker: “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.” (Psalm 23)
Preacher: May the Lord God who has called us to the journey, and has called us to be children of the Divine, be with us . . . always, until we are brought to our final rest.
Seeker: Shalom & Selah!