I found this reflection on the 23rd Psalm a few months ago and found that it spoke to me. It was very appropriate for the time as I shared it with a good family friend who was battling cancer. Throughout his battle, his strong faith was ever present. I want to share this with you in honor of Stephen Young Winters (1949 – 2012).
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 forever.
Wise and loving Shepherd, you guide your people in the ways of your truth, leading us through the waters of baptism and nourishing us with the food of eternal life: keep us in your mercy, and so guide us through the perils of evil and death, that we may know your joy at the heart of all things, both now and forever.
Rev. Jim Cotter
Cotter, Jim. “Psalm 23”. Give Us Grace: An Anthology of Anglican Prayers. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, 2004. 462. Print.