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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Can you trust that this Shepherd is the one whose care will make all the difference in your life? The challenges of life are not miraculously erased. Hungry predators and unsafe terrain remain. Whether you are diminished by your daily grind or a clinical diagnosis; whether you are discounted because of age or race or IQ or gender or orientation or class; whether you are overwhelmed by the cultural and economic powers that are so endemic; "your rod and your staff--they comfort me."

We learn from Jesus that God is about redemption. New life from every death. This Shepherd helps us find the still waters, so our souls might be restored. This Shepherd will not leave us, even in the darkest of valleys. New life will come again. Goodness and mercy will be yours.

Redeeming shepherd, comfort us. Surround us with your care, so we might live with confidence in your abundance. Amen.

Catherine Malotky
Philanthropic Adviser, Luther Seminary
Master of Divinity , 1986

Psalm 23 (NRSV)

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

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