A psalm of pilgrimage

Tuesday June 27, 2017

Psalm 23
 The Lord is my shepherd.
    I lack nothing.
He lets me rest in grassy meadows;
    he leads me to restful waters;
        he keeps me alive.
He guides me in proper paths
    for the sake of his good name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no danger because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff—
    they protect me.
You set a table for me
    right in front of my enemies.
You bathe my head in oil;
    my cup is so full it spills over!
Yes, goodness and faithful love
    will pursue me all the days of my life,
    and I will live in the Lord’s house
    as long as I live.

There is a hint of pilgrimage movement in this psalm.  It marks the journey of the faithful under the guidance of God, along a path that leads to the house of the LORD.  While we don’t have time necessarily to go on a weeklong pilgrimage, we can see our daily life as one of pilgrimage, with God present with us along the various paths we take: Paths to peacefulness, paths to forgiveness, paths to kindness, to love, or reconciliation. 

Take time to go over your day.  How has God been present with you?  As you anticipate the rest of your day, imagine Christ beside you walking along side you and ahead of you guiding the way.


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