Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Getting ready for Good Shepherd Sunday - Psalm 23 - by Eugene Peterson

I am not preaching this weekend, but the readings are all centered around the theme (if you want to go there) of the Good Shepherd.  So, Psalm 23 is one of the options.  I had a great time on Monday morning "throwing words around" with folks at the Mudhouse Coffeeshop in Crozet, Virginia, specifically looking at the lectionary readings for this Sunday.  The readings are pregnant with many images, elements, and ideas to dig into - and we had a great time.  I shared with them the translation/paraphrase from Eugene Peterson on the Psalm 23 text...quite good.

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Eugene Peterson's translation in The Message:

O God, my shepherd!

I don't need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
You find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
You let me catch my breath
And send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through Death Valley,
I'm not afraid when you walk at my side.
Your shepherd's crook makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner

Right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
My cup overflows with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me
Every day of my life.

For the rest of my life, 
I'm back home in the house of God.

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