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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 26, 2015

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SUNDAY, April 26   4 Easter

Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

A friend told me that in her elementary school, along with the Pledge of Allegiance, they recited the twenty-third Psalm every morning.

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. Like every year on this day, we say Psalm 23. This psalm is not only the best-known psalm, but perhaps the best-known chapter of the whole Bible. And there is good cause for it to be so cherished. In it is the assurance we need throughout our lives, that God is looking after us, quenching our thirst, preparing the way for us, and with us even in the darkest times and at our death. What more could we want?

We live in a world where we are constantly being told we don’t have enough: enough wealth, enough beauty, enough stuff. And, many of us feel that we never have enough time. Into this world where we are constantly being sent a message of scarcity comes the God of abundance who gives us all that we truly need. Maybe we should all recite this psalm every day?

The psalmist says with assurance “I shall not be in want.” Can we say that too?

PRAY for the Diocese of New Jersey (Province II, The Episcopal Church)

Ps 23; Acts 4:5-12; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18

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