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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
When all is said and done, this is one of the all time great Scriptures on the word “path.”
As I feel the need more and more for the restoration of my soul, the leading in paths of righteousness and of having someone to walk with me through the valley of the shadow of death…I find comfort in these familiar words of David.
I still remember our friend Florence who was well into her 90’s, quoting this Psalm with Ron as he visited with her in the last days of her life. She was rarely talking much and had very little energy, but this was a Psalm she was able to quote easily as she knew her time was almost up here on earth. stop
As the Lord shepherds us through our lives, we can look back to see the paths he led us through. They were often twisted and curvy like a mountain road. At the time, the twists and turns made no sense! Sometimes they never do. But often, years and years later, the value is apparent.
Fortunately, it’s not all twists and turns. He provides restoration as well. He knows when we need it and in what ways we need it. It is comforting to know He knows even better than we do when we need restoration.
And ultimately, when we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death…either for ourselves or with loved ones, He is with us. We don’t need to fear. He is with us as we face death. He is with us to comfort is we are losing loved one.
As you face the paths before you, know the Good Shepherd is with you. Blessings!