by Don Ingwerson
Most everyone who is familiar with the Bible – and many who aren’t – have heard the Psalm of David that starts out, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…” (Ps 23) The Christian Science Bible lesson this week is Love, and this psalm is part of this lesson. While someone may be familiar with the Bible version, Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science and author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, gave a spiritual interpretation of this Psalm:
[Divine love] is my shepherd; I shall not want.
[Love] maketh me to lie down in green pastures: [love] leadeth me beside the still waters.
[Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [love] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for [love] is with me; [love’s] rod and [love’s] staff they comfort me.
[Love] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: [love] anointeth my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [love] for ever.”
It’s a powerful, prayerful reminder that God is Love – ever present in our daily lives.