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Friday, February 15, 2013

Want...a Meditation on Psalm 23:1

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Psalm 23:1  The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

I am thankful for this day and this quiet time.  It is a lovely privilege to dwell in the word of Psalm 23 and be blessed by the oil of peace, hope, love and perhaps even joy.

I look back through my journal and recognize the ever present tendency to be “self”-ish, to think that I am the centre of something, to make everything personal, and dwell on my own decisions, but the world and the universe are so much greater than that.  

I do look at the world from my little piece of consciousness, but the world is not about me, it is about the world!  The green hills of Honduras are about the green hills of Honduras and the people who live there, and that must also be true for the snow covered fields of Eastern Canada.  It is all best understood when seen from a perspective of God’s love and peace, God’s generous grace.  

 The full meaning of the universe around us is so beyond our understanding.  Holy One, help us remember to see in love and be generous, remembering Psalm 23, The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, and believe that.

As a statement, it is difficult enough to really believe and trust, but what if that statement is understood as a promise?  What if it were my promise, The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want?  Is it possible to keep such a promise?  Don’t we/I want all the time?  Even in our/my better, less selfish moments, we/I want peace, harmony, love, and security, we/I want...(selfishly), we/I want...God! 

We are so “self”-ish, self-centred...self!

What if I/we were Godly?  What if I were "other"-centred?  What if I truly trusted, not just in this moment but all day long that The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want?  What if that were my promise?  Could I keep it?  For even one day?  Would it change the world?  No, but it might change me and how I look at the world.  It might be a starting place; a beginning.

To not be selfish for even one day, to be a presence of Holiness and Generosity would be a small gift to the world and to others.  It is what Jesus did all the time.

May I/we be grace today.

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