Advent 1 – Wednesday

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1

In Monday’s reflection we spoke of joy and gratitude working hand-in-hand. We said that unhappiness is often a result of looking for what’s missing rather than being grateful for what we have. And today, the Psalm brings that truth to completion.

If Jesus is my shepherd, it implies that I’m a sheep!  Sheep and shepherds have a very special relationship. The sheep knows he is loved and cared for by his shepherd. The shepherd has rescued him more than once in his lifetime.  They have a history; they have an intimate relationship based upon this history which builds trust.

So when I say “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want,” it doesn’t mean that I’ll always get what I want. No!  It means that no matter what is going on in my life, good or bad as I perceive it; it’s going to be all right in the end. The shepherd is there for me through thick and thin.  When we find ourselves in a battle; maybe we’re scared, maybe we don’t think things are going to turn out the way we want, can we say to ourselves, “It’s going to be all right. I’m going to come out of this on the other side because “The LORD is my shepherd and I shall not want.”

+Ed Jansen


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