Pause for Prayer: FRIDAY 11/7

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When we pray for those who have died, 
whose names come first to your mind and heart?

Near restful waters he leads me...

Psalm 23 is often prayed at the bedside of the dying, at wakes and at funeral liturgies. While the whole psalm offers comfort, the triple promise of refreshing rest, a companion for the journey and a place at the Lord's table can soothe even the most troubled of hearts.

When you Pause for Prayer today remember your family members and friends who have died with the words of Psalm 23 or with a familiar musical version below...
The Lord is my shepherd;
   there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
   where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me,
  to revive my dropping spirit.
He guides me along the right path;
   he is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
   no evil would I fear.

You are there with your crook and your staff;
   with these you give me comfort.
You have prepared a banquet for me
   in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
   my cup is overflowing.
Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
   all the days of my life.
In the Lord's own house shall I dwell
   for ever and ever.
And here's a musical setting of Psalm 23, one often sang at funeral liturgies...

Shepherd Me O God by unknown on Grooveshark


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