Saturday, August 28, 2010

Psalm 23

I have been trying to decide on whether or not to post this. And how if I do. A conversation with a friend yesterday helped me make up my mind. This friend is going through a lot right now, dealing with both physical and mental illness at this point. Yesterday she was close to reaching her breaking point. We are both religious though of different faith. But since we 'share' the Old Testament I decided to share with her that one of the most comforting things to me over these past 3 years (It's only been three? Seems like an eternity at times) has been Psalm 23.

Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

It has been my anchor ever since L had his psychotic episode almost 3 years ago that started all of this. I will not go into detail as I do not know if he would be comfortable with me sharing all the details but I will say that that night was the scariest thing I have ever been through. At one point he asked me to read to him from the bible and that passage is what I first landed on. After reading it over and over the first few times I lost track of the number of times I repeated it. But a sense of calm came over me as I was reading it. I still feel this same calm and soothing feeling now when I read it.

For a long time when things first went down hill, going to church was the only break I would get because I was too worried to leave him alone for long periods of time. And to this day, no matter how hectic the week has been, going to church is part of what gives me the strength to go on and deal with everything.


Melissa Mashburn said...

Thank you for sharing this.

Anxious Kaley said...

I'm glad you both can find a common ground to gather some strength from. I've always loved reading from Psalms, too. Thank you for posting this. I will be thinking of you both!

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