Psalms: 75, 76, 23, 27
Old Testament: Genesis 43:16-34
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 7:10-24
Gospel: Mark 5:1-20
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me...”
(Psalm23:4 King James)
Life is a journey that we all undertake. The difference is that we, as Christians, never take it alone. God is ever present and travels with us. His presence can be known through the people He brings into our lives. At this stage of my life, God is showing me, every day, that He is with me. He shows me through the people He has brought into my life – the my Saint Matthew’s family.
You have provided me with support in the form of prayers, visits, smiles, hugs, cards (that seem to arrive just when I really need them), and by running errands, driving me to appointments, to WATCH and church, and bringing communion to me. Right now, a very visible piece of evidence is a colorful blanket that I keep on my bed. It was made for me by a young parishioner as a Christmas gift. Her thoughtfulness and kindness deeply touched me. All of these, as well as other acts of kindness, have brought me great comfort. They are evidence of how much God cares about me.
Most of my life, I have had difficulty asking for help. I believed that I had to be strong. In my mind, I felt I shouldn’t ask for help, especially since I was able-bodied and could take care of myself, unlike my brother who is disabled and has always needed help. Now, as I deal with my own health issues, God is showing me that my strength really comes from Him.
Even though I’m walking through a valley at this point in my journey, the blessings that God is providing make the walk more bearable. My Saint Matthew’s family has been a significant part of the glorious blessings I have experienced.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life...”
(Psalm 23:6 King James)
(With special thanks to SG for her wonderful assistance.)