by Randy Chambers, 2003-12-16
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want
Want? Ive wanted a lot of things. Things I couldnt have, and things I
didnt need. Seldom have I been in want of anything I truly need. Sometimes Ive
gotten what I needed but really didnt want it.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still
And just look at me now. Oh there is a lot I would love to have now. Green pastures?
Still waters? Not much of those around where I grew up. Not that I would have noticed.
Ive been much too busy running from one thing to the next to get caught up in
anything like, you know, smelling the roses.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's
Paths of righteousness. Now theres an interesting thing to think
aboutan interesting conversation topic too. I think that in the minds of so many,
there are so many different ideas of what the path to righteousness might be. There is
talk of many paths by many people who think there is no ONE way. And there is
talk of the ONE way by so many who, upon closer examination, seem to be following many
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me
You know, Ive heard that shadow of death thing before but
havent really paid much attention. Ive always considered myself to be an
optimist and thought that dwelling on death was morbid and unhealthy. Its enough to
be worrying about living without muddying your mind with death.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my
head with oil; my cup runneth over...
Ive had some enemies. I cant think of any I would want to sit down to
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell
in the house of the LORD for ever.
The Preachers final words echoed in sync with the closing thud of his eulogy book.
I suppose thats it. Everyone seems to be going home now. Wish I knew
whats in store for me.
It sure is cold.
Maybe it will warm up soon.