The Lord is My Shepherd

As I sat down to write my bulletin article today, I was struck by what a difference a week has made.  Today is Tuesday, and we are in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A week ago it seemed like a small blip on the radar, and now it has changed how almost all Americans live their day to day lives. I wonder to myself, “what will things look like on Sunday?  Will this bulletin even be handed out in hard copies?  Or will it only be available online?”  I really don’t know what life will look like this afternoon, or tomorrow, or Sunday; but I know that the Lord is good, that He has a plan, and whatever life looks like, He will still be Lord.

Today’s psalm is very familiar, we have heard it so many times! I would dare to say it is the most popular of the 150 psalms and probably one of the most familiar Bible passages to most people.  The Bible is the living word of God, meaning in different times, different moments, different stages of life, scripture is able to speak to each person.  I think some passages feel more “living” to people—and this is certainly one of those passages that seems to speak right to the heart of a person’s experience. 

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

I usually write my bulletin articles from our Adoration Chapel or near the tabernacle in the Main Church. Today I’m writing in the playroom at my home.  I have livestream adoration on my TV, uniting me with the Lord and our Church, but I’m surrounded by toys and video game systems, and somehow it doesn’t feel the same.  Given my pregnancy, it has been recommended to me that I stay home and isolate, and I find myself realizing how many blessings in life I have taken for granted.  The ability to run to the store whenever I wanted, the chance to take Clare to the zoo on a beautiful day, the opportunity to go to my office and see my co-workers, as we work together to advance the Kingdom of God. 

The greatest blessing I am realizing I had so carelessly assumed would always be there was the ability to go to Mass in person and receive Jesus.  This past Sunday we watched Mass as a family on the TV, and when it was time to go up for Communion, Clare looks at me and sadly says, “How are we going to go up for Communion?” “We’re not, Honey,” I replied, and my husband chimed in “Today we’re just going to receive Jesus in our hearts. He knows we want to be there.”

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

I’ll be honest.  I do want. I want to be able to go to the store, to take Clare to the zoo, to see our teens at youth group.  I want to write this bulletin article from the sacredness of our chapel, and I desperately want to receive Jesus—body, blood, soul, & divinity—at Mass with our wonderful community at St. Peter’s. 

But more than what I want—I know who Jesus is—my shepherd, my savior, my friend.  And He isn’t limited to a chapel or a church.  He’s here with me, wrapping His arms around me, walking with me as together we walk through the dark valley of COVID-19. And He will be with me on the other side of this pandemic too, and I’ll be even more aware of the great blessings He has given me. 

I don’t know where you are at, how this is affecting your life, or how you’re feeling.  But I do know that the Lord is your shepherd too- and He’s walking with all of us. 

Let’s pray for one another as we walk this dark valley.

Blessings,
Elizabeth

 

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