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 soul: 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. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23
No hugs. No shaking hands. Stay six feet apart. And when we go out, wear masks that cover our mouths and noses and practice “social distancing”.
We’re taking these precautions because we’re afraid we’ll be infected with COVID-19. We’re fearful of others being infected, too: first responders and medical teams caring for the sick. We fear the loss of jobs, income and life as we know it.
Still, we are not alone. In these troubled times the Psalmist still reminds us: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Still, in these fearful times, we are walking with the Shepherd. Walking with our family and friends, and the sisters and brothers in our diaconate, we are not alone, for the Lord is our Shepherd.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, we put our hands into your scarred hands, those hands that rescued us from sin, death and the devil. Hold our hands as we face the future. Let your goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Deaconess Jean Wildgrube, Rexford, NY