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Nothing I Shall Want

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” (Psalm 23:1)


Psalm 23 is one of the first I remember memorizing as a young Catholic, and everything about it, from the phrasing to the tempo to the refrain, is comforting to me. Psalm 23 is often recited at funerals or during times of great distress, and it serves as a reminder that despite whatever sadness or hardship is currently weighing us down God is watching over us as our protector, our Shepherd.

In March of this year, my husband went in for what we thought would be a routine cyst removal, but it turned out to be a cancerous tumor. It was an unexpected punch to the gut, and four months later I can still recall the overwhelming fear of hearing that diagnosis. Despite the panic though, I never once felt that we were alone on this journey. Working for an organization with such a strong faith and mission made it impossible not to feel buoyed by that strength. We had the support of family, friends and caregivers, and of course God, our Shepherd. We have so much for which to be grateful. My husband’s cancer was highly treatable, and he remains healthy with a good prognosis. Our cup truly does overflow.


God, our Shepherd,

You watch over us, providing for our physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Through You, we shall want for nothing,

In Your Name. Amen.


Julie Ward
Vice President Innovation & Strategy, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

EZEKIEL 34:1-11 • PSALM 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6 •MATTHEW 20:1-16

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