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  1. “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want . . .”

    Many years ago, upon being told that my wife, in a hospital many miles away, had sudden;y died, I spent a whole night at the Air Force Base hospital where I worked aimlessly wandering the halls as I waited for departure time of a flight that would take me to her. As departure time grew closer, I was taken to the passenger terminal where I sat, alone with only my thoughts. A stranger approached me. “Hello, I am the protestant chaplain here. (I am a Catholic) The Catholic chaplain is away this week. Would it be OK if I sat with you until you board the plane?” I nodded, silent. He sat, opened his bible and, in a low and gentle voice, began reading, “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want . . .” His presence and the words of the psalm were the first consolation I had experienced all night. I’ll never forget and always be grateful for that unnamed chaplain’s presence.

    • That must have been one of the worst days of your life, Rick. Thank God another Christian was there to give you comfort through the Psalms, especially the 23rd. Your story reminds me we are all of a “holy priesthood” and what that Protestant chaplain did for you is something we should all learn to do without hesitation.

  2. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 King James Version

    This psalm was my confirmation verse…a treasure given 63 years ago. I can’t tell you how many times a week these words are remembered and relid upon.

    • I love that young people are given their very own Bible verse by their pastor upon Confirmation in the Lutheran Church. I wish I had gotten one. I’ve discovered everyone remembers their special verse all their lives! What a gift. Psalm 46 is so encouraging.

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