Please read without distraction. Pray fully. Struggle with profoundly damaging levels, of mental illness. May we pray with passion and with enduring sympathy.
The LORD is my Shepard, I Lack Nothing….
Although sometimes we feel we lack everything, Sometimes we cannot see what you have given us, through the lie of what has been taken away. Show us how to see your blessing. Show us how to see your provision, when the world teaches us an economy of fear & scarcity. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. He guides me along the right paths. We so often turn from your path—believing lies about ourselves, about others, about you; taking on burdens that are not ours to bear; struggling to entrust you with ourselves, our family, our friends, and our circumstances. Guide us along your path of trust & contentment.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, The valley of depression, the valley of medication, the valley of sorrow, the valley of pain and abandonment, the valley of past wrongs done to me, the valley of despair, the valley of derision, the valley of fear, the valley of waiting, the valley of misunderstanding.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. You have made us worthy. You have made us chosen. You accept us with all our flaws, with all our illness and frailty, with all our failings. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. Goodness and Love will follow us. Goodness and Love will chase us down—despite ourselves, despite others, despite our circumstances—goodness and love, by the power and grace of your Spirit, have found us. And will never let us go.
I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Forever. In health, in strength, in love, in mercy. Forever. AMEN.
The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.