Here’s a little something to encourage you from

Psalm 23:1-4a (NLV)

The Lord is my Shepherd. I will have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass. He leads me beside the quiet waters. He makes me strong again. He leads me in the way of living right with Himself which brings honor to His name. Yes, even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of anything, because You are with me.” 

This is one of those popular passages in the Bible that you often hear mentioned at a funeral service. Now, I can definitely understand the many reasons why people would want this passage shared at a funeral, but friend…(this might come as a “SHOCKER”)…this passage wasn’t meant to be primarily associated with DEATH & DYING…it’s meant to be associated with LIFE & LIVING!

If you–(like many of us right now)–find yourself LIVING through a tough time, season, or “valley”…then I want to encourage you to STOP for a moment and think of the analogy described in this passage.

The LORD is the BIG Shepherd and you’re the little sheep. He is the one who will provide for you…everything you need. He is your source of sustenance, your source of strength, and He is the one who will lead you to find the serenity you need by those “quiet waters” daily. 

But more important than the sustenance, strength, and the serenity that He knows you need…He also knows that you ultimately need a relationship with the Shepherd. And so He promises to take the lead in providing this for you as well, and we see evidence of this when it says that He will lead you “in the way of LIVING right with Himself”.

And there’s that word “LIVING” that brings us back to where we started with this passage. Psalm 23:1-4a is primarily written to help encourage you…as you continue to LIVE through this “valley” of the shadow of death…by reminding you that you have nothing to be afraid of. Because no matter how dark this “valley” looks…you can be confident that the Shepherd is walking with you through it…and He will provide for you…everything you need along the way.