Sunday, January 22
- Read the reflection on Psalm 23 out loud to yourself, pages 36-37 in the book or the handout available from the ushers.
- Limit your media scrolling or constant news watching. Instead, make a list of at least three good things you notice in the people around you this week.
- Choose one thing that has you worried and pray to have God’s perspective on it. Pray for any people involved.
Next Step #1: Read this reflection on Psalm 23 out loud to yourself.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
Jesus is still in charge, still deeply involved in my life and world—guiding, leading, providing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
God restores my weary heart; he gives me resilience . . . if I follow him.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Don’t get baited into all the sociodrama; let God lead me each and every day.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Yes, we are in a dark time. But God is still protecting me and comforting me. I am not navigating this on my own.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
God has a feast of goodness for me even in rough times; he fills my famished craving.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
My reality is not determined by pandemics, politics, or anything else. I live in God; he lives in me. His goodness is with me today, and my future is absolutely wonderful.
Reflection from our all church study of “Resilient” by John Eldredge