Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The psalm for this Sunday is perhaps the most familiar of all psalms — Psalm 23. These words have brought comfort to people of all faiths down through the centuries. Isn’t it amazing that these are the words God has sent to us during this particular week! We are living through an unprecedented crisis right now, and we all need to hear words of comfort. I have always believed that some of the most comforting words of this psalm are in verse 4:”Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me….” God walks through this crisis with us and will be with us at the other end.
Here is an excerpt of the sermon I will preach on Sunday (3/22/20):
“Into the darkest night the light of God’s love shines; through the gloom of our worst days a glimmer of God’s grace comes filtering in; amidst upheaval and discord the stillness of God’s peace touches our quaking hearts and souls; even in those moments when our eyes are somehow opened to see our worst selves, the open arms of God’s mercy are there to receive us.
“Death is powerless in the face of God’s love, grace, peace and mercy. ‘Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.'”