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Friday, February 7, 2014

Scripture Reading: Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
     he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
     for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
     I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
     your rod and your staff—
     they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
     in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
     my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
     all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
     my whole life long. (NRSV)

When I first moved to Chicago, I got lost so many times in the city’s streets and avenues. When lost, I did what all great explorers through the ages have done: I pulled out my Smartphone and let Google Maps show me where I was. I breathed a sigh of relief as Google Maps pinpointed my exact location. It was truly reassuring to have the ability to pull out my phone and have it show me exactly where I was in the big city of Chicago.

While reading the Twenty-Third Psalm today, I thought to myself, what if when I asked my phone where I was, it responded with, “Daniel, a few paces behind you is goodness and faithful love pursuing you, and in front of you is the Good Shepherd leading you. You’re going to be OK”?

Dear God, thank you for leading me today, and thank you for pursuing me with goodness and faithful love. Today, may your Spirit calm my soul with the simple truth that you are always before me and behind me, that no matter where I am, you are taking care of me. Amen.

Written by Daniel Holladay, Senior High Youth Coordinator

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