The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1 NRSV)

“The Lord is my shepherd.”

The idea of Christ as shepherd is nothing new to us. In our choir room is a beautiful pencil sketch of Christ the Good Shepherd with a lamb in His arms. I swear I think the lamb is smiling! It’s neat to imagine myself in His arms, resting, letting Him hold me safely. It’s a comforting thought in the midst of our chaotic world.

“I shall not want.”

The Lord answers all our needs. There are so many things we think of as “needs.” I think we confuse ‘wants’ with ‘needs’ sometimes. I’m quite sure that I do. Food, clothing, and shelter are physical needs. Love is a spiritual need, especially Christ’s love. Lent is a good time to sort out our wants versus our needs.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams