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The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. – Psalm 23:1 (KJV)

What does this verse mean to you? Have you ever uttered it before? When did you say this verse? Did you need comforting? Does this verse tell you anything about how to lead your life? If so what?

The following is a prayer first prayed by Thomas Merton:

“My Lord, God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

Life isn’t easy and we all know it. Sometimes in the midst of the pain and fear it seems as though everything is collapsing in around us, we all know this too. At such times it is good to recite that famous verse, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Those words are as powerful now as they ever were. They are filled with ancient comfort and incredible wisdom. Just like that prayer is. Now we’ve all prayed it. We have each prayed that our lives be filled with a desire to please God.

And somewhere in the middle of praying that prayer and reciting that verse we discover that God is with us no matter how bad life might seem. Even if it is awful we aren’t alone, and that’s good news no matter what.


Written by Rev. Garrett Andrew, minister of First Presbyterian Church of Albany, Georgia. Read his blog.

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  1. Truth B Known says:

    First off,i love to read your writtings in the Journal.Now when i first found out i had cancer,someone asked me”did this make you feel more closer to God or pray more”.As for being close to God,i have always known he is with me everyday,through heartaches,pain,and hurt.Did it make me pray more,in a way.I thanked him alot more then i had before.But not becuase of my cancer,but for opening my eyes that he always listens,no matter who you are or what you have done,he listens.He a Great God,and he forgives.But you do have to ask him to forgive you.I know there are harder times to come.But i also know he will be there no matter what.I just wonder,if anyones has ever thought how busy he is.He listens to so many prayers,and stands guard over us all the time.Now that is a alot to do.But he does it with great pride.It does not matter how you pray,or talk to him,he is there.and he may not be able to answer every prayer,but he does do what he thinks to be right and just.And then again,he may answer your prayers,but maybe not right then,or the way you asked him to.But i do know this.He will never give us more than we can handle.We may think he does,but just think about other people,some have it alot worse than you or i do.But he still listens.Another verse i really love and repeat often in my prayers is,”For God So Loved the World He Gave His Only Begotten Son”.I thank him everyday for that,and so much more.All you have to do is talk to him.I use to think,i dont know how to pray.But when i found out about my cancer,i had already been praying.But then i started talking to him also.You may ask what is the diffrence.Well there is none really.He Listens.Try it.

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