Psalm 23   

(adapted from a translation by Nan C. Merrill)

You are our shepherd,
We shall not want;
You bring us to green pastures for rest
And lead us beside still waters
Renewing our spirit;
You restore our souls.
You lead us in the path of goodness to follow Love’s way.

Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow
and of death,
We will not be afraid;
For you are ever with us;
Your rod and your staff they guide us,
They give us strength and comfort.

You prepare a table before us
In the presence of all our fears;
You bless us with oil,
Our cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow us
All the days of our lives;
And we shall dwell in the heart
Of the Beloved forever.
Amen.