April 11, 2011

Monday Mini-Sermon

The 23rd Psalm is the one passage of scripture that almost everyone here can recite. It’s a song of comfort, of pleasing images, it’s the passage we read at funerals for our loved ones. That portrayal of Jesus as the shepherd who watches over us and cares for us in those times of loss, when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death,  is an affirmation that in the time of despair Jesus is with us.

Listen, listen, listen! This is important, listen. He is not the God of the dead; he is the God of the living!

It is so sad that we associate this Psalm with funerals because it’s not a song of dying; it is a song of living. By incorporating this Psalm into our Christian liturgy we are affirming that Jesus is the shepherd who walks through life with us, blessing us, empowering us, enriching us, and sharing with us. He is with us, with us in the NOW.

-excerpt from a sermon by Guy Kent