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Children and Parents,

As we continue to shelter in place, here’s a reflection for you to use at home, based on the Psalm for this Sunday.
Lesson: The Lord is My ShepherdScriptures: Psalm 23

Right in the middle of the Bible, there’s a beautiful collection of songs, poems, and prayers, called the “Book of Psalms.”  The Psalms express all kinds of thoughts and feelings that we might have everyday.  Feelings like trust, fear, sadness, happiness, anger, doubt, wonder, and love.  For hundreds of years, God’s people have read and prayed the Psalms, to express themselves honestly to God.  This week, we’re reading Psalm 23, which was written long ago by a man named David.  When David grew up, he became a famous king, but when he was young, he was a shepherd.  His job was to lead and protect his father’s flock of sheep.  In Psalm 23, David describes God as a shepherd, who cares for us, feeds us, and watches over us.  As you listen to this Psalm, think about how David describes God, our Good Shepherd.  What images and ideas do you notice?

Psalm 23You, Lord, are my shepherd.You give me everything I need.You let me rest in green, grassy fields. You lead me to streams of peaceful water.You make my soul feel alive again.You lead me along good paths.Even when I have to walk through scary places, I don’t need to be afraid,Because you are with me, and your love and protection surround me.You make a delicious feast for me, even in front of people don’t treat me well.You fill up my cup with good things until it runs right over.Your kindness and love will be with me every day of my life,and I will live in your house forever.

Reflection Questions:

1. What does the Good Shepherd in this Psalm do for his sheep?  Where does he lead them?  What does he provide for them?

2. When have you felt afraid or alone?  When have you felt God by your side, comforting you?

3. Here’s a fun challenge: can you memorize Psalm 23?  Once you know it by heart, you can use it as a prayer, or as a reminder that God loves you so much.  Practice reciting the Psalm this week, and ask your family to help you.      

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