Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Re-birth Day

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
- Psalm 23:1
Psalm 23 is probably the most well-known of all the psalms. Although quite short, it is filled with beautiful images and promises. And it has special meaning to me today. Nine years ago today, I gave my life to Jesus, and was born again of spirit and water with my baptism into the Catholic Church.

It was the culmination of a two-year journey to find the truth. I had many doubts, many questions, many fears along the way. But by the time I stepped up to the font, I was at peace. I knew, as the psalmist did, that Jesus was my shepherd, my teacher, my guide, my protector, my savior. And I knew that once I gave my life to Him there would be nothing else I needed, nothing to fear. I knew He would always be there for me, ready to give me everything I could need.

And so He has. Since that day He has given me a husband, children, friends, food and shelter. He has got me through some tough times, and has filled my life with joy and blessings. I remember the night of my baptism well. I treasure it. Sometimes I wish I could go back and relive it. Then I see how far I've come spiritually since then, and I am excited about how much further I can go. I wonder where I will be nine years from now...

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

No comments:

Post a Comment