March 2, 2009

He Made Me Lie Down

The beginning of this new year has been unusually intense for this shepherd and I suppose it caught up with me last week. A personal bout with the flu (a mild case) combined with a daughter who gave it to me (she's so generous!) a son with a fever virus that is going around and another son with a stomach virus turned our house into an infirmary! My Beloved somehow, thankfully, managed to avoid all of the crud-ola and took marvelous care of us all. She is one remarkable woman.

Psalm 23 famously states,
"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul."
I personally experienced being made to lie down last week and, I can say with clarity, a restoration of my soul has occurred. It is good to be in the care of the Great Shepherd.

For those of you who drop by here from time to time here's what to look for in the next few days...
  • The Monday Morning Message catch up posts. "The Middles: Stories of Faith in Process' will all be posted here in short order. Gideon, David, Jeremiah, and the church have a story of faith in the middle to tell.
  • A great story about perseverance. Paul Rokich's story will make you want to hang in there.
  • Some thoughts about purity which have been percolating for a while.
It's good to be back among the living.

3 comments:

sojourner said...

John, thanks for telling me about Andrew Peterson. I'm going to download his song onto my ipod - it's perfect for times such as this. Indeed - all things in moderation - I'm trying to balance - it helps to jog BEFORE i blog :0) I'm glad you are feeling better - Mom's tend to be immune when others are ill; however, keep your eye out on her because she may catch everything after everybody else is well.

Paul Thompson said...

I'm glad you are well.

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