Sunday, 30 December 2012

Litany to the Holy Spirit (from a tweet by @artsyhonker)

She quoted the third verse in a tweet about being awake in the middle of the night... 


by Robert Herrick

Litany to the Holy Spirit

IN the hour of my distress,
When temptations me oppress,
And when I my sins confess,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!

 
When I lie within my bed,
Sick in heart and sick in head,
And with doubts discomforted,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
 

When the house doth sigh and weep,
And the world is drown'd in sleep,
Yet mine eyes the watch do keep,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
 

When the passing bell doth toll,
And the Furies in a shoal
Come to fright a parting soul,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!


When the tapers now burn blue,
And the comforters are few,
And that number more than true,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!


When the priest his last hath pray'd,
And I nod to what is said,
'Cause my speech is now decay'd,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!


When, God knows, I'm toss'd about
Either with despair or doubt;
Yet before the glass be out,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!


When the tempter me pursu'th
With the sins of all my youth,
And half damns me with untruth,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
 When the flames and hellish cries
Fright mine ears and fright mine eyes,
And all terrors me surprise,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!


When the Judgment is reveal'd,
And that open'd which was seal'd,
When to Thee I have appeal'd,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!

Sunday 30th December - the Eye of the Storm

We allowed the storm to pass over our heads as darkness descended and watched the lightening illuminate the structure.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2170412/In-eye-storm-Breath-taking-pictures-Midwestern-cyclones-capture-beauty-chaos.html


I don't remember much about today's sermon. I was too busy designing my Christmas-thank-you card, and Happy-New-Year-to-all-the-people-I-didn't-send -a-Christmas-card-to.

The reading was from Acts, something about Paul going on again about getting to the end of a race (dud metaphor for me - unless you are talking about a race to get the right answer in University Challenge or some such).

Anyway, I've sketched out my card, based on the stars in the fabulous centre decoration in the church. Somewhere in the sermon, the vicar talked about "following your star", and somewhere else a phrase like "Living inside God's Grace is like being in the eye of the storm - I wasn't paying enough attention to get more than the gist of it.


"Sermon notes" - or rather, design for New year's Card


I do feel as though I have been in a little bubble, a kind of "eye-of-the-storm" ever since my mother had her stroke on 30th October (date permanently etched in my memory).

God, I'm SO tired.

Actually, I can keep going fine - just keep on responding, reacting, responding, reacting...

My father is some ways is on a more even keel, but also showing definite signs of wear and tear. He has locked himself out of his flat twice now, and has currently lost his keys somewhere in his flat. Luckily we live near eachother in the same town, and he has a spare set, and we (husband and I) have a spare set each. The tubes from his vacuum cleaner have gone missing (has the plumber taken them, thinking that they were leftovers from the new bathroom?) Our electric cooker has given up - gave up on Christmas Day hahaha - but we have a microwave and a slow cooker and the repair man will come on 2nd Jan...

react, respond, stay in the calm place in the eye of the storm...

Keep your eyes on the star, and follow it carefully...

Hi there, 2013! How's it looking? Which is my star?

File:Starsinthesky.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Starsinthesky.jpg

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Christmas Day Sermon 2012

I'm just jotting this down as I don't want to forget this....

This is part of the sermon; 

"Zechariah was High Priest in the year that Jesus was born. Before the Romans came along, the High Priest kept his office for some time, but the Romans decided that he should be changed every year.

The punishment for becoming pregnant outside marriage was stoning, and it was the High Priest who pronounced the sentence.

Mary's cousin was married to the High Priest of the time; when Mary went to visit Elizabeth, she was also visiting the man who would decide whether she should be stoned to death... the proof of God's part in all this was the fact that Elizabeth, long past the age of child-bearing, was also pregnant, and that Zechariah had had the experience n the Temple."

The rest of the sermon concerned the contents of a giant cracker; the words Love, Joy, Peace, and maybe more, but I couldn't see and didn't listen properly at that point.

Regarding Peace; the Greek word translated as "give" in the phrase

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled ...."  John 14:27

is a word with a legal meaning connected with "bequeath", which we associate with things left, or given in a will. 

I missed most of the rest of the sermon as I was "pondering these things in my heart". The "peace" bit came to mind as I was working out how to respond to total failure of the cooker partway through cooking the Christmas Meal later on! (We took everything round to my father and finished it off there...)

Christmas was a Mad Day anyway, with visiting my mother who was entirely pissed off at being given cauliflower cheese for Christmas Dinner (she is on "soft diet", but could actually have managed most of the Christmas Dinner - I don't know why someone didn't choose it for her. But that's something for another day). So she was crabby and cross - which is her current default state a lot of the time at the moment. Smoked salmon sandwiches at dinner time, and turkey sandwiches and stollen at tea time helped, but life isn't going her way at the moment. She's not managing to be at peace with the things she cannot change, and save her energy for the things she can change. 

Whoah! The world isn't giving us peace at the moment - I am constantly amazed that I feel so even-keeled and, dare I say, untroubled, by what may, or may not, lie ahead. John 14;27. "And that you can tie to" as Mrs Susan Baker says in the "Anne of Green Gables" books. 

Boxing Day 2012 - Real Life



From @CSLewisDaily on twitter:

What one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life -- the life God is sending one day by day.
 
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stopwatch
I have been rather prone to whinging about how busy I am, and how I can't get anything done becuase of all the interruptions and demands and bits and pieces that generally just get in the way.

Hang on a minute! All these "interruptions" are in fact just "Real Life"!
 
Now I come to think about it, there have been lots of moments of peace and quiet; I just haven't recognised them for what they were.
 
For example; all those nights when I have woken in the "wee small hours" and lain awake for a little while. Switching on the light and reading would be unkind and selfish. My husband needs his sleep too! So I try and lie still, and think, or plan, or "day dream", or even pray, without interruptions, without a timeclock running in my head.    
 
Then, sometime later, I wake up, and it is morning.
 
Let the timeclock start!
Let "Real Life" begin!
"Westward H-o-o-o-o!" (It's at this point that I tend to find myself singing "Three wheels on my wagon, and I'm still rolling along...."  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsXoMS9-xxg )  
 
File:Westward.jpg
Westward Ho!   http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Westward.jpg
If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8;31)

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Safe in the shadow

This is a hymn I want to hang onto. It is based on Psalm 91 "That's the psalm for bad dreams" I was told by a 6-year-old in the Sunday School class that I teach.

Once a month I play the organ for the 9 am  "traditional" "red book" communion service that precedes the 10:30 "family" service.  I could be diverted along a train of thought that wonders if the "family" service isn't also "traditional", with its Sunday School or Junior Church or whatever we call it these days, and the band, and the latest worship songs....

Back on track - the organist-of-the-day chooses the hymns and songs for the service, based on local knowledge (ie what the congregation knows) and readings and title of the service. A few weeks ago I chose this one, and was disconcerted to find I was the only one who knew it! It's a simple enough tune, and the startled congregation did their best and had more or less got the hang of it by the last verse.

At the moment, with the total dislocation and emotional chaos everywhere around me (my mother had a stroke on 30/10/12 and today is 4/11/12), this hymn has been a balancing point for me.

I'm not good at learning the words for songs, so I just pick on whatever verses seems good to me at the time. At least the third line is easy to remember...

The Worshiping Church page 456
http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/TWC/page/456

Saturday, 29 September 2012

all you ever need to know about sheep

I picked up this website address from twitter:

http://www.sheep101.info/sheepbible.html

from @revpamsmith

and this:
maggi dawn@maggidawn
did you know "I am the door" is a sheep reference? Shepherd would lie down across entrance to pen, to keep sheep safe

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Notes on Psalm 19 - sermon 12th August

Paddy started by reminding us of the words of the collect for today:
Collect for Trinity 10: “make us to ask for such things as will please you”
and introduced the confession prayers as follows:

“solemn” means “joyfully serious” – confession is a solemn moment, because confessing our sins is a serious business, but we will know the joy of being forgiven.

(I’ve not managed to find this definition of solemn anywhere – all the on-line dictionaries major on the serious side and don’t reference the joyful side of the word - but I do agree that solemn and joyful is a good mindset for approaching confession)

Onto the Psalm: started by a reference to the Perseid meteor showers last night and tonight between midnight and 2 am which no one in church really knew much about. The the link is how looking at the night sky can reveal God's nature to us.

The clue to the meaning of the psalm, as is so often, is at the end; having thought about all these facets of our God, how will we respond?

Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.  In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,    making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from wilful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless,    innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

 
Verses 1-6   God speaks to us through the skies
Verses 7-10 God speaks to us through the scriptures
Hebrew poetry is constructed in linked pairs of phrases, the second of which interprets the first.
Verses 11-13 God's purpose in giving us the law
Verses 14 The psalmist's response.
In the first part, the psalmist is experiencing God talking to him without words. It is hard to explain what this feels like or how it works – like looking at a painting (or listening to music)

File:Von Zinzendorf.jpgThe picture, left, is "Ecce Homo", by Domenico Feti, is in the art gallery of Dusseldorf. A visiting nobleman, Nicolaus Zinzendorf, is said to have stood and stared at it for a long while. The words in Latin at the bottom of the picture can be translated as  “This I have done for you: what have you done for me?”. It led to Zinzendorf starting a religious community on part of his estates  (Picture from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolaus_Zinzendorf


(Picture of Ecce Homo copied and pasted this picture from this blog post: http://lotrbook.blogspot.co.uk/2007/02/ecce-homo.html)
 
We had been staying in Hay-on-Wye where there is significantly less light pollution than at home. We were just about able to make out the Milky Way. I remember camping out in the garden as a child, and seeing the Milky Way as a great pathway of stars reaching across the sky. One day we will have to go somewhere where I can see this again...
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360-degree panorama view of the Milky Way Galaxy (an assembled mosaic of photographs). wikipedia
The skies speak of the glory of God which cannot be communicated by words (Ezekiel had the same problem trying to describe his experience)

(I remember a preacher at our church, years ago, saying how she had had a rotten birthday – alone, no-one at work knew it was her birthday, and she hated her work anyway, and no birthday cards from anyone, and feeling utterly miserable. On the way home, she saw the most beautiful, spectacular sunset, and it came to her that this was a special birthday “card” from God tor her”)

George Matheson is the name of the hymn writer who wrote the words of "O love that will not let me go" full of phrases about light and rainbows to describe the nature of God; phenomena which he could no longer see as he became virtually blind while still young. (short biography here  http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/m/a/t/matheson_g.htm)
O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flick’ring torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.
O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.
O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.
The glory of the Lord is about Joy.
The second half of the psalm is all about The Lord: the covenant name for God: and different words for The Law

Did you know that the Bible – that is to say, the word of God, and his Laws – has always been top of the bestselling list of books apart from one year (1962, Lady Chatterley’s Lover!)
wikipedia again!
Honey is associated with learning in the Scriptures. An ancient tradition in Judaism is for the father, when the children are 4, to write the scriptures on a slate, and then cover them with honey, and the child licks the honey off, so that scripture is associated with the sweet taste of honey (I have read somewhere that an Islamic tradition is that the father of a baby writes the name of God in honey on the baby’s tongue, so that an early taste is the sweet name of God. This reminds me of a Sunday School lesson years ago on Psalm 34, where we wrote “The Lord” in writing icing on a biscuit and ate it, “ taste and see that the name of the Lord is Good Psalm 38 v 4. that was a popular lesson.

The final verse is the famous prayer which preachers often use at the beginning of their sermon. Our response to experiencing the hugeness of God.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Morning Prayer via Twitter

This appeared in my twitter feed or stream or pond or whaterever it is called this morning:



I'm not great at morning prayers and daily devotions, but I think I could manage this one.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Sunday 5th August 2012 - Psalm 8


Notes made on Sermon given by Paddy Beresford

Psalm 8

For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David.

1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them? 

5 You have made them a little lower than the angels  
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.


The Sinai Peninsula at center and the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley above.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! 


Psalm 8

King James Version (KJV)

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth


This is a good psalm for if one is feeling insignificant. Maybe that is your usual state of being; you feel small, and insignificant, and unimportant, and weak, and  - but it is not a godly state of being!  
Or maybe you are someone who IS significant in one area of your life, and take pleasure, comfort, pride in your status, but then, in another sphere you find this status is not transferable, and you feel cast down. Or maybe you become insignificant, or sidelined, or overlooked, simply by growing older, for instance.

We all need to feel needed. Psalm 8 is good for when we feel insignificant.

Gitteth is another name for Gath, the city that Goliath came from. Feeling insignificant is a personal giant we all need to be able to slay.

The hebrew word "oz" means "strength, but also sometimes "praise" - the usual hebrewq word for "praise" is "navah". The Praise (navahpriasing God that we are being threatened, but praising God as a weapon in the battle)

In Romans 1:20, Paul says that God's power is to be seen in creation.

God used his fingers to create the world - that was the easy stuff. When he gets to work in our lives, he "bares his arms", ie "rolls up his sleeves". Being involved in the affairs of man is "hard work"

"ish" is the usual word for "man" in hebrew, and "adam" is the word used for "mankind". In this psalm, the word "inosh" is used, with the sense of puny, weakling.

There are two Special Acts of God;
He thinks about you,
He cares about you.

the writer of the letter to the Hebrews states Jesus intercedes for you - he is there, praying for you. Even if no-one else is praying for you, you know that Jesus is. Peter's letter states that God cares for you.

God doesn't get your name muddled up with other people's names,, he doesn't get irritated with out constant iterruptions.

Homonymns - words with the same sounds, but different meanings, like bowl (cricket) and bowl (cereal). In hebrew, the word they use for "cares" also has the meaning of "visits" - hence verse 4 in the AV. God comes to us, to pay us a visit. He makes the effort.

Psalm ends with a commission: Man has been made a little lower than God, to rule over everything He made.

Remember, Cast your burdens upon the Lord, for he cares for you.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Sunday 29th July - Sermon on Psalm 1

File:Jewish National Fund trees in The Negev.jpg
An oasis in the Negev Desert of Israel created by trees planted by the Jewish National Fund.
picture from oasis entry on wikipedia

My notes on a sermon at St John's Church, Broadbridge Heath by Rev Paddy Beresford (vicar)
Apologies to Paddy if I've got things awry! 

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.


This is about "how to avoid the desire to do wrong". Getting into a place of habitual wrongdoing is an insidious process, rather like the way rust creeps along weak points in a car's bodywork. It is a result of increasing levels of compromise; white lies, grey lies, black lies...

This has a lot to do with what we allow ourselves to believe, what we tell ourselves If we have had any kind of a Christian upbringing, then giving way to a moral compromise will set up an inner disruption in our mind, which will lead to stress, low self-esteem, and all the other things which get in the way of happiness.

We should be on our guard about entering areas of behaviour which we know we should avoid. 

The Hebrew word which is translated as "blessed" actually means "extremely happy".

The Psalm stars with the bad news:

"walking in step with the wicked" - the beginning of wrong thinking/doing often starts in such an easy, casual way, falling in with the way of people doing the wrong thing.
"stand in the way that sinners take" - the Hebrew word translated as "stand" is more "take a stance" (maybe "take on board"?). This means that your position in the wrong way is becoming stronger, firmer.
"sit in the company of mockers" - "sit" implies "take up residence", or "make your home" in the company of people who mock the right way, the good way. Now it will be really hard work to extricate yourself and get back into the right way.

Two examples of people in the Bible who followed this path are Judas and Pilate. Judas started off as one of the Twelve, so he must have been a true follower of Jesus to begin with. At what point did he move away from this position? When did he start along the road which lead, step by step, to the point where he sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, the cost of a lame slave.

And what about Pilate? He moved from declaring Jesus innocent, and of finding nothing to charge him with, wrong in him, to washing his hands and condemning Jesus to death in order to preserve his own position and status.

The Psalm ends with the Good News:

The way to stay on the right path is to take delight in the word of God. The whole word, not just our favourite bits. We might wake up and say "what a lovely day - I feel in the mood for a Psalm!" When do we wake up and take delight in - say - Leviticus? But we are not to pick and choose. Psalm 18 and 19 state that the word of God is flawless, perfect. Paul talks about the word of God too.

We should chew on the word of God, in the way that a cow chews on grass to produce milk. Today we are receiving "milk", because the vicar has done the "chewing" for us. God wants us all to be able to chew on his word, so that we can all produce "milk" for others.


  
Cow anatomy
From Milk: From Cow to Carton

The cow has four stomachs and undergoes a special digestive process to break down the tough and coarse food it eats. When the cow first eats, it chews the food just enough to swallow it. The unchewed food travels to the first two stomachs, the rumen and the reticulum, where it is stored until later. When the cow is full from this eating process, she rests. Later, the cow coughs up bits of the unchewed food called cud and chews it completely this time before swallowing it again. The cud then goes to the third and fourth stomachs, the omasum and abomasum, where it is fully digested. Some of this digested food enters the bloodstream and travels to a bag called the udder, where it is made into milk that will come out of her teats, while the rest goes towards the cow's nourishment.
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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Sunday 22nd July - Signed Children's Stories on the internet

www.signedstories.com

animations of children's picture books, well read, with signing 

brilliant, just brilliant

22nd July 2012 - Sermon on Psalm 23

from wikipedia on Psalm 23
Today we heard that:

Sheep cannot defend themselves; they are slow, clumsy, have no fangs, no roar. They depend on the shepherd to save them from wolves and lions.
Sheep cannot clean themselves; once their coat is dirty, it remains that way until cleaned by the shepherd. 
Sheep are naturally fearful; they can be scared to death.
Sheep cannot find food and water; they have a weak sense of smell. left to their own devices, they will eat poisonous plants.
Sheep are scared of running water; they may choke if they try and drink from it.

The shepherds play their pipes, or stringed instruments, so that the sheep know that he is near and are reassured. The shepherds know their sheep by name.
In the hottest part of the day, they call their sheep to the shade, and force them to lie down by tying their back legs together; otherwise they would wander off and perish in the heat.
When the shepherd brings them to a stream, he makes a dam with stones, so that the water becomes a still pond for them to drink safely.
Once the snows have melted from the mountain tops, he leads them through dangerous, stony, shadowy, narrow passes to the fresh green grass on the uplands. The top of the mountain is known as a "table" in Hebrew. Before the sheep are allowed to wander, the shepherd checks the pasture for snake holes. When he finds the holes, he pours oil into then, a mixture of linseed oil, tar and sulphur. This prevents the snakes from coming out of the holes to attack the sheep. He then anoints the sheep's heads with the same oil, to ward off nose flies.  

If a sheep is an incurable wanderer, as a last resort, the shepherd will break the sheep's leg, splint it, and carry the sheep while the injury heals. By the time the sheep can walk again, it will have got used to the shepherd and have learnt to stay close.

What I took from the sermon:

The Summer holidays are a time to rest and be refreshed. Rather than taking "Time Out" I should think of it as "Time In", that is, Time spent In God's presence. Looking at what I have lined up for the summer, at first sight that looks like yet another item on the list. Actually, it will probably make everything else on the list more possible and less hectic.

When I read about the broken leg bit, years ago, in a Delia Smith prayer book, I was horrified, and couldn't bear the cruelty of it. I still find it hard to accept; but the truth is, if we wander off, things happen. The vicar quoted David Watson; "not a bed of sickness, but a bed of stillness, a forced opportunity to stop, to pay attention to God and stay in his presence". Well, David Watson should know.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qif2rfBmcTA

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V0rgrt1nTM

God in my living, there in my breathing, God in my waking, God in my sleeping.
God in my resting, there in my working, God in my thinking, God in my speaking.
Be my everything.
God in my hoping, there in my dreaming, God in my watching, God in my waiting.
God in my laughing, there in my weeping, God in my hurting, God in my healing.
Christ in me, Christ in me, Christ in me, the hope of glory,
You are everything.
Christ in me, Christ in me, Christ in me, the hope of glory,
Be my everything.

Psalm 23 New International Version (NIV)

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.  He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of the shadow of death

Psaumes 23 La Bible du Semeur (BDS)

L'Eternel est mon berger

23 Psaume de David.
L'Eternel est mon berger[a]Je ne manquerai de rien.
2 Grâce à lui, je me repose dans des prairies verdoyantes,
et c'est lui qui me conduit au bord des eaux calmes.
3 Il me rend des forces neuves, et, pour l'honneur de son nom,
il me mène pas à pas sur le droit chemin.
4 Si je devais traverser la vallée où règnent les ténèbres de la mort[b],
je ne craindrais aucun mal, car tu es auprès de moi:
ta houlette me conduit et ton bâton me protège.
5 Pour moi, tu dresses une table[c] aux yeux de mes ennemis,
tu oins de parfums ma tête[d], tu fais déborder ma coupe.
6 Oui, toute ma vie, ta bonté et ton amour m'accompagneront
et je pourrai retourner[e] au temple de l'Eternel tant que je vivrai[f].