My mother was one of the greatest people I ever knew. (I know, every son can say that!) Not because she was known to me simply as “mom,” but she was a great human being. She was a faithful follower of Christ; dedicated to her family and her church. She was also a well-respected member of the community. She gave of her time to support charities, participate in fundraising events, and even teach ballroom dance.
Many years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the days and hours leading up to her surgery, the family, friends, church members, neighbors and co-workers were gathered in prayer. After the surgery, she commented that she found herself repeating the 23rd Psalm. None of us were surprised by this. It spoke to her consistent sense of faith. It is widely known as a scripture of God’s peace and comfort. What did come as a surprise to all of us was that one of her closest friends had been reciting the same verses just hours before the surgery!
In Psalm 23, David speaks eloquently of God and His grace. “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.” Psalms 23:4 NIV This is why this passage has become so important for so many followers. I can see why my mother spent so much time in prayer reciting this passage over and over. He is our great shepherd (v.1), our comforter (v.4) and our ever-present protector (v.5).
Be More ... Be More Comforted. You can be encouraged today in knowing that the Most High has, is and always will be our greater comforter. No matter what we may face in this life, His presence is our source of strength. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”” Deuteronomy 31:8. Never forget you are His cherished one; rest in His comfort.
J. W. Lee
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