As many of you know, we've been enjoying some fun Bible memory verses activities for grandparents and their grandchildren over the last few weeks – with Family Friday being the primary post, Word-Filled Wednesday being an accompanying photo, and even the occasional Sunday devotional and Tuesday Sweet Shot getting in on the action. We'll be continuing with most of that til we finish with our kids version of the Biblical definition of Love from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 and 13, with one big exception – Sunday, where I'm starting a whole new series for the next several Sundays.
There are so many joys associated with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents and helping with grandkids. As with all of life, though, there are plenty of sorrows and trust me, I've had my fair share. As a widow of over ten years, I still miss my dear husband of over 26 years of marriage, even though I know he is safely home in heaven, along with my sweet dad, and several other much loved relatives and friends including a few sweet little babies I look forward to meeting in heaven someday. Life is never easy! I personally consider it just about impossible apart for God and His wonderful love and comfort.
Recently in my life – on and off the internet – my heart has been touched by so many who are hurting from loss, illness, discouragement, caregiving frustrations, and more. My words feel like sawdust, but God's inspirational and encouraging Bible verses of comfort have always been my mainstay in life and I love sharing them. Some, in particular, have been of special comfort to me since the time when my husband died. I want to share them with you, one at a time, with the hope and prayer that you will find them to be as comforting of Bible verses as they have been for me. And if you are currently in a sweet spot of peace, perhaps you will want to save them for future times for yourselves or other loved ones when they "walk through the valley of the shadow of death."
And that is the perfect place for us to start, with the precious words for Psalm 23:
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures ; He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul ;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 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 have anointed my head with oil ;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
This precious gift in the Bible, Psalm 23, has always been such a treasured blessing to me and my entire family. But a few years ago, God helped me to take a new look at Psalm 23 as I was reading a book about it (I'm afraid I don't remember what the book was – if anyone recognizes this, I'd love to be reminded. 🙂 ). Notice that when you get to the bold words, Psalm 23: 4, it¹s also getting to the toughest times for David. And at that point, he changes from talking about God in the third person (He, His) and starts referring to God in the first person, ultra-personal and up close (You, Your). I believe it was Alice Gray who pointed out that it is in the darkest of nights that the stars shine the brightest. It is, truly, in our darkest moments that God is closest to us. I love that fact so much! And I love that this Psalm shows this so wonderfully.
I found that Don Moen, whose songs I love, has written and recorded a lovely song, appropriately titled, Psalm 23. I downloaded the mp3 so I could share this lovely praise hymn with you in a Smilebox ecard:
My prayer is that each of us in the never-aging Baby Boomers Generation, caring for elderly parents and dealing with issues easy and difficult will be blessed by this wonderful Psalm 23 and this lovely and encouraging praise and worship music, "The Lord is my Shepherd" hymn song.
For more inspirational Bible verses and delightful praise and worship music and hymn songs, visit Spiritual Sunday. Also, check out I Owe It All To Him for some sweet inspiration on setting up places for quiet times with the Lord. And to get updates of the upcoming Sunday devotionals full of comforting and encouraging Bible verses and praise and worship music, along with all the other resources here at SandwichINK, just for you…