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“Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4, CSB) Psalm 23 is probably one of the first longer Bible passages you memorized as a child. Its words feel familiar and comforting. Yet this morning as my Bible opened to this psalm, I realized that I miss much of its meaning with just a casual reading. Few of us really relate to the pastoral scene of green pastures, still waters, shadowy valleys, and oil for anointing. I paused while reading verse 4 and…

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 This week I looked at the shoes that I have been wearing around the house for the last few years. The band is “I Love Comfort.” Though shabby and worn, they are comfortable and familiar. They still have good support, but I know they are not suitable to wear out in public. It is time to choose something else to wear in their stead. I am not…

“Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.” Jeremiah 1:6-7 Bible reading this month has been the book of Jeremiah.  It is not the easiest book to read, about all the judgments that God pronounced upon Israel and the other nations around them.  I am sure that Jeremiah did not know at the time that God called him exactly how terrible the…