Psalm 23 Resource Page
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
sheep hear my voice. I know
them, and they follow me"
Call to Worship
Prayer to Shepherd God
(by St. Mary Euphrasia
Give me your great heart to love with, especially when my own heart
is too small and limited to love as another needs to be loved.
Give me all I need to reach out to those who are lost and in
Give me the love and courage to give myself totally to the mission
of Jesus, the Good Shepherd who laid down his life so that we would
have life in its fullness. Amen.
Psalm 23 and John 10:11-18
by Rev. Karen A. Goltz
ever been in a nursing home or a hospital, visiting someone whoís no
longer completely in touch with reality? Maybe youíre visiting a family
member, someone very close like a parent or a grandparent, but theyíre
just not themselves anymore. They may not even be able to remember who
you are, or who they are. Itís painful to see a loved one go through
that, and I imagine itís difficult and frustrating for that person to lose
touch with everything thatís familiar.
Iíve been on a few visits like that, and Iíd be lying if I said it wasnít
uncomfortable for me. Itís hard to connect with someone whoís so
disconnected from everything.
then Iíll read the twenty-third Psalm aloud to them, and all of a sudden
itís like a lightís been turned on. Someone who canít recognize their own
family or remember their own name will begin to recite the psalm along
with me. Thereís just something about those verses that makes the
connection, that soothes the soul. This psalm, like all the other psalms,
is a prayer of the people to God. A prayer that speaks to God for us when
we canít come up with the words on our own.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Just a simple confession
of faith; one thatís so familiar that we almost take it for granted.
The Lord is my shepherd. I need someone to guard me and guide
me, someone to take care of me and see that all my needs are met.
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