Saturday, January 4, 2014

A New Year Prayer for Widows

Psalm 23 is a classic funeral passage. Why not carry it with you beyond the cemetary? Discover the rich promise it holds for the year ahead. Take Psalm 23 and make it your own as I've done here.
Dear Lord,
Be my shepherd in this year ahead.
You know my needs, so help me learn to follow where you lead.
With you as my shepherd I'll not be in want.
You'll make me lie down in green pastures and lead me beside quiet waters.
(Oh, I do hate to sit still, though!)
I see where it says that you'll make me lie down . . .
how much easier if I'd only follow your lead!
You'll restore my soul
(How I need that!)
You'll guide me in righteous pathways.
Even though I've walked through the valley of death,
there's no reason to fear evil for you are with me.
Your protection and discipline guard me and bring me comfort.
Even when surrounded by enemies who want to steal my peace,
you prepare a table full of all that I need.
Your annointing heals me.
My life overflows with your abundance.
Surely goodness and love will follow me,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Thank you Lord, for your presence and for the place you've prepared for me.
Amen

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