The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil, for you are with me,
your rod and your staff they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.
You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
What can we make of the shadow of death? Certainly we in America felt the presence of that shadow on September 11, 2001. We felt the shadow – and we felt the presence of evil. So what was our reaction – did we act out of fear or out of faith?
“I will fear no evil” – what does that mean to us as we ponder the events of seven years past?
“Surely goodness and love will follow me” – what does that mean?
“He restores my soul” – what about that? What are we to make of spirituality in the face of absolute evil?
What is the ‘path of righteousness?’