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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…

Forgiveness is powerful. The person who forgives extends mercy and peace, while the person being forgiven receives absolution and another chance. When it comes to our relationship with God, we can know that He forgives us when we repent with a contrite heart. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 KJV) Yet, so often, we limit the empowerment that comes from God’s forgiveness. We heap our past mistakes on our shoulders, allowing ourselves to be weighed down with guilt, shame and frustration.…

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 1:23 I was meditating on this verse a few days ago during my morning devotions and decided to break it down word for word.  I came up with the following: The — definite article LORD — The supreme ruler of the universe, the Mighty God, creator of all things Is – not can be or could be; not has been or will be – but is now in this very moment My – personal; not just a universal presence, but mine alone Shepherd – my leader, my guide,…