Daily Reading: 23 May – Psalms and Proverbs: The Lord Is My Shepherd – Psalm 23

Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.” – John 10:11 (NLT)

E100:9.a Psalms and Proverbs:

The Lord Is My Shepherd – Psalm 23 (NLT)

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.

Good Shepherd icon

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

“Gentle Shepherd” – Heritage Singers

[Filmed August 3, 2009 inside St. Nicholas church during the middle of a brief Heritage Singers tour of a town called Znojmo, on our way back to Prauge, Czech Republic. This impromptu a cappella performance was witnessed by only a handful of people that were inside this beautiful church.]

Prayer (From Praying through Psalm 23)

Dear Lord Jesus, you are my shepherd, my Good Shepherd. You give me everything I need and more than I want. All I need in life is you, plus what you choose to give me.

Even the most difficult places in life are like green meadows as long as you are there; and in the desert seasons of my journey and the drought like conditions of my heart, you quench my thirst with living water and give me a peace that passes all understanding.

When I come to the end of my strength, you faithfully meet me there—granting me rest in my weariness and strength for my tired heart and body. I am so grateful that you have both marked the path for me, and that you yourself are my Way, Truth and Life.

Jesus, you never promised me that the journey towards the new heaven and new earth would be easy, quick, or without seasons and circumstances that are overwhelming; but you have promised never to leave or forsake me, even in the darkest valley. That’s all I really need to know—that you are close and that you love me, and that you won’t let anything happen to me outside of your perfect plan for my life.

Jesus, you are my portion, banquet and feast—Bread from Heaven, my nourishment and satisfaction. Though enemies threaten, you feed me, anoint my life with your grace and Spirit, and cause my cup to spill over with blessings, for the benefit of others.

Absolutely nothing will keep me out of the new heaven and new earth; and, just as certainly, nothing can possibly separate me from your goodness and unfailing love. Jesus, I rest in your love and trust in your grace. Amen.

Closing Sentence

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13 (NLT)

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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