The Lord is my shepherd -- I shall not want.
He makes me lie down on sandy beaches;
He leads me beside crashing waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in unmarked paths along the shore and all is right.
Even as we tiptoe through the valley of the shadow of death, saddened by loss and worried about what is to come, You comfort us and we are not alone.
You prepare a table for me, and those I love most are gathered around it. We eat and we laugh and we are blessed with overflowing abundance.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord -- which is the whole of the world -- forever.
photo of Charlie's rainbow on Topsail Island
by Jane Highsmith