Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bread for the Journey


Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (Psalm 23:6)

We all know this too familiar passage called the, 'The Lord is My Shepherd.'
David spent his early years caring for sheep. We know that sheep are completely dependent on their shepherd. In David's daily walk with God, he learned that his Good Shepherd was sufficient for every need. He could say these words from his personal experience.

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life."

I have been reminded over this past year once again, that even though I cannot see "all the days of my life," it doesn't matter. Do I look ahead and wonder what next week or next year look like?

David said "ALL" the days, not just the bright days, but the dark ones too, not just the easy days ahead, but the difficult days also. He doesn't say months or years, but "days"__the "days of my life," each one of them.

Someone paraphrased these words and said, "Goodness to supply every want, Mercy to forgive every sin; Goodness to provide, Mercy to pardon."

It is wonderful that we can have the assurance and eternal confidence of knowing that His goodness and mercy are with us today. If it was good enough for David, it will be good enough for me and my family. I already know that I too can say that I have felt his shepherding strength in my own life during my recent year in a totally different way.
And it will also be good enough for You! I'm hoping that you too, can join in, feel comforted, share and own the same promise for your life.

"Shall follow ME all the days of MY life."

10 comments:

  1. A word from God that hits the spot. Thank you so much.

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  2. praise our Father for being so attentive in every detail on those good days and equally during difficulties...thank you for your family-oriented thoughts...enjoy that sweet precious picture!

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  3. This is a good word for today; I will keep it in my heart and meditate on it today and let it lift my troubled heart. God is good.

    Eva

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  4. One of my favorite choruses! I'll be humming/singing it throughout the day...Surely goodness, and mercy, shall follow me......

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  5. What a great reminder of God's faithfulness to us. I love the picture you choose for today......His sheep am I.
    May God bless your day!

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  6. I like the summary, "Goodness to Provide and Mercy to pardon."
    And "All the days of my life" reminds us that He is the God of the every day. Thank you for highlighting this familiar passage.

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  7. You asked yesterday what our favorite recipe is. I just wanted to say that all of them are my favorites ever since I have been reading your wonderful blog. However, my favorite day of the week is Sunday, when I get to read "Bread for the Journey." Your message always lifts me up and readies me for the week ahead. Today's message is wonderful, because I felt it deeply, how He has given ME goodness and mercy ALL the days of my life. Thank you for all the joy you all bring to my life, too.
    Barbara

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  8. CinStraw...aka Cindy; Cin(\0/)June 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    ONLY BY GODS GRACE SHALL WE...

    WE DO NOT DESERVE TO EVEN UTTER HIS NAME, BUT BY HIS GRACE WE CAN.

    HE LOVES ME AND ALWAYS WILL, HE WELCOMES ME WITH OPEN STREACHED ARMS...ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIVES.
    BLESSINGS, Cin(\0/)

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  9. Hi
    Missed the opportunity of responding yesterday but wanted to send congrats on a great blog - and a special hello to my cousin Judy whom I haven't seen for many years. When I saw the new cookbook yesterday at my book club retreat, I recognized a Baerg cousin! Best wishes from Sandy in Toronto (you'll know my sister Linda Froese Winter in California better) Favourite recipe of many is Whole Wheat waffles; looking ahead to many more!

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