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Sermon Excerpt:  Living Psalm 23 Psalm 23; Jn 10:11-18, by Rev. Karen A. Goltz

Have you ever been in a nursing home or a hospital, visiting someone whoís no longer completely in touch with reality?  Maybe youíre visiting a family member, someone very close like a parent or a grandparent, but theyíre just not themselves anymore.  They may not even be able to remember who you are, or who they are.  Itís painful to see a loved one go through that, and I imagine itís difficult and frustrating for that person to lose touch with everything thatís familiar.

            Iíve been on a few visits like that, and Iíd be lying if I said it wasnít uncomfortable for me.  Itís hard to connect with someone whoís so disconnected from everything.

            But then Iíll read the twenty-third Psalm aloud to them, and all of a sudden itís like a lightís been turned on.  Someone who canít recognize their own family or remember their own name will begin to recite the psalm along with me.  Thereís just something about those verses that makes the connection, that soothes the soul.  This psalm, like all the other psalms, is a prayer of the people to God.  A prayer that speaks to God for us when we canít come up with the words on our own.....  Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript.