most of the funerals that i have gone to choose the classic favorite psalm 23: “the lord is my shepherd, there is nothing i shall want”. especially when this verse is sung, it touches our hearts for consolation and comfort. it helps us remember the profound love of God in the image of a shepherd caring for his sheep.
“…the sheep hear Jesus’ voice… the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out….he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,
because they recognize his voice… Jesus said, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10
to me, this is the heart of faith: living life abundantly
the providential care of God, recognizing his voice and following him help us towards this abundant life– it is happening now
i know that i get in trouble when the competing voices of selfishness, pride etc get the better of me. how about you?