Day 201 | Tuesday, 6 October 2020
In recognition of day 201 of sending out the daily email to all of you, I decided to go back to day 1 and share my first email to all of you. Enjoy!
Day 1, March 20, 2020
Good Morning neighbors. I heard back from all but two people, so I decided why wait until Sunday. This is the first full day of Spring so, let us connect via email.
I want to begin with what I believe to be one of the most comforting scriptures in the Bible. It is well known to us as we learned it in our childhood and probably can still recite it on cue. The version we learned is the King James translation. Here is Psalm 23.
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my sole:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surley goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
This Psalm is filled with imagery to fill our spirits. What is it about this Psalm that you like so much? Why are you drawn to it? What are some of the images you have around this Psalm?
I will be offering some different versions of Psalm 23 in the days ahead for our reflection.
You, our Lord, truly are a Shepherd who watches over your sheep. In these uncertain days confronting us, we pray for your continued leading. We need those still waters to calm our anxious spirits. Help us to remain focused on your goodness and mercy. We need you, God of us all. This Psalm offers so much and we find safety in your leading as our Shepherd. Thank you for watching over our community and the world. Give us peace, today. Amen
Community Prayer Request: Please pray for Jim Erickson who is in Heritage Green.
Request: If you have a favorite scripture or two that you are willing to share, please send it to me - do not send it to the whole group, just to my email.
Have a Blessed day. Doug
COVID update – cases in the county total 698, two additional deaths brings the total deaths to 12, cases in zip code 14701 - 167