I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Psalm 23 - Do Not Fear, Do Not Worry!

Sing to me Your song of peace,
Sing to me Your song of comfort,
And sing to me Your song of hope.

Tell me that the LORD is my own
And that She will lead me home.
When the pain begins again,
Remind me that there is nothing I need
For Christ is holding my hand.

Let me revel in the peace soon to be mine.
Let me feel the care that only my Godde can give.
Let me be whole again.

Speak to me of fear’s replacement-
When I with LOVE shall slip past Death,
Of how LOVE shall comfort away all fear.

Whisper gently, O LOVE,
Of the banquent waiting for me,
Of the blessings as numerous and shining as the stars.

Now I know my days are filled with goodness
And I cannot wait to live with Godde forever.
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For the original, go here.

This psalm is often spoken at funerals, but I have also heard it said that it is a psalm that is really for the living, because it is about living without fear. The person knows what that she will be taken care of and so there is no need to worry. I am actually leading church this Sunday and that is my theme-that there is no need to worry! I am really excited and nervous. The two scriptures that I am basing the service on are Isaiah 41:10-13 and Matthew 6:24-34.

Isaiah 41:10-13

Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your Godde. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and humiliated. Anyone who opposes you will die and come to nothing. You will look in vain for those who tried to conquer you. Those who attack you will come to nothing. For I hold you by your right hand-I, the Lord your Godde. And I say to you, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

Matthew 6:24-34

24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. 25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your Heavenly Parent feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to God than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, God will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your Heavenly Parent already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kin-dom of God[d] above all else, and live righteously, and God will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
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I am dealing with quite a bit of pain these days in my knees and in my fingers, but at least I am mentally feeling a lot better due to a new medication. And I don't know if I'll be able to keep a steady job due to my pain, at least I've got parents who are letting me stay with them until I figure things out. There is plenty to worry about, but these verses remind me that there is a master plan and that I do not need to worry about the future.

3 comments:

  1. thank you for sharing these wonderful verses...they're some of my favorite verses, and during these times of trials, I hope they help you feel comfort and encouragement!

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  2. I have been going through tough times in my life and these verses really spoke to me and gave me peace!! May God's word do this for many others as well!

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  3. I am glad thy helped you! May you continue to have peace.

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