When the Shepherd Leads

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)

When the Shepherd Leads

Jesus as the Good Shepherd from the early Christian catacomb of Domitilla/Domatilla (Crypt of Lucina - 200 CE)

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When I was a little girl, the only time I remember hearing the twenty-third psalm was at the funeral of someone I loved. Consequently, it was not my favorite psalm. I was unable to understand that people were comforted by its beautiful words. But a nighttime experience and God’s grace have changed my perception.

It was 1:00 a.m. I woke suddenly, terror filling my whole being. I hoped that I was dreaming, but I was not. The terror reflected the reality that confronted me in this awful moment of truth. Many months before, we had been told that my husband, Glen, might die of the cancer he was fighting. Although the experimental treatment was no longer effective and melanoma had invaded both of his lungs, I had not let myself accept the likelihood of his death. Now, with a certainty I could not deny, I knew it was going to happen.

I looked over at my husband. He seemed to be sleeping so peacefully. I could not imagine living without him. We had been “one” for more than forty-five years. He had been there for me—loving, providing, supporting, and encouraging. How could I…

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