Followed by Goodness and Mercy

If you attended the Capital Campaign meeting on Sunday, April 26, you will remember this meditation on Psalm 23 that was provided by Deirdre DiGirolamo, and presented by Helen Metzger and Catherine Evans. We requested permission to reprint this insightful devotional for you here.

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 the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will 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 will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

We have definitely seen this psalm in action for us as a congregation.  Even though we've "walked through the valley of the shadow of death" both figuratively, in the loss of our property, and literally, with the loss of many of our beloved congregants, God has been with us.  And he has "prepared a table before us in the presence of our enemies" by providing us with a temporary place of worship - and even enabling us to start two more congregations!

 So why does God's goodness and mercy follow us?  Why not at least walk with us, or go ahead of us?  I've always thought of "follow" as meaning "traipse along behind," but when I looked up the original word, I discovered it means "pursue", like a lion pursuing its prey.

Picture God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit on their white horses, in red coats and hunt caps, looking at us and joyfully shouting, "Tally ho! There they go!  Bless them again!"  And look for the blessings with which they're going to shower us - both spiritual and financial - as we spend time with them during this campaign.

We are God's church, and if He has a particular place He wants us to be, He is perfectly capable of picking us up and putting us there.  We just get the fun of watching to see how He'll do it!

Father, thank You for being our Shepherd.  Forgive us for believing that we have to do this all on our own.  Keep reminding us that You are taking care of all our needs as we look to You. Open our eyes and hearts to the amazing creativity You are going to display in getting us into our new home.  We give You all the glory, rejoicing in Your pursuit of us.  We pray this in Jesus' name, through the power of Your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Deirdre DiGirolamo