|(Vessel, in New York City)|
Last week I was teaching at Faith Bible Seminary in Flushing, New York City. I sent the students out to pray, using Psalm 23 as their meditative focus.
I went to a park two blocks away from where class was held. I sat on an old wooden bench that overlooked a school playground. Kids were having recess. I was impressed at how they played and ran and interacted. They were having so much fun! A few of the kids were hanging around a young male teacher. You could see the teacher's influence on the kids. All this, I noted, was happening without being connected to social media.
I have memorized Psalm 23. I closed my eyes and said it in my mind, for the ten thousandth time. I came to this:
Even though I walk through
the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me.
I will fear no evil. I'm not there yet.
I began an extended meditation on the subject of fear. In my journal I wrote these interpretations of the Psalm.
I will fear no evil.
I will fear no actual evil.
I will fear no possible evil.
I will be free from catastrophizing.
I will fear no unlikely evil.
I will fear no threat of evil.
I will fear no imaginary evil.
I will fear no horrendous evil.
I will not fear not having something to fear.
The following conditional statement applies:
When the Lord is fully my shepherd,
I break ties with a universe of multifaceted fears.