Teaching Psalm 23

icon-of-the-good-shepherdLast night I was talking to one of the parents at church about the lesson we had during our Wednesday night children’s group which was “You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.” Psalm 23:5.

This winter and spring, the children in our church have been studying Psalm 23. This is something that I had planned to do.  I really try to plan out ahead of time and yet the Lord’s timing was amazing.  I did not know that two of the children in my group would lose members of their family (Both of them had grand parents who died.) In addition, I had no idea that during this time my dad would die. I have discovered that working your way though Psalm 23 is a great way to work through grief.  It has helped me work through the grief of losing my father.

The Wednesday after my father’s death we talked about how “He leads me beside peaceful streams.” Psalm 23: 2a. That night I had planned to have the children water color pictures of a stream and nice meadow.  When the children came they told me that they were sorry about my father’s death. As they painted, they talked about the family members they had lost. I enjoyed listening to the stories they told me. There were moments that night I wanted to cry but I held back the tears. As the weeks have passed there have be more times to remember this Shepherd who comforts us – we learn more about our great shepherd and how cares for us. It has also been a great time to not only help the two children work through their lost but it also helped me. Last time we talked about “You honor me by anointing my head with oil.  My cup overflows with blessings.: Psalm 23:5 We talked about the history of putting oil on someones head from the times of the kings in the Old Testament to the present time where we use oil when we pray over someone for healing. The topic last night was God heals us with his love. One of the scriptures we read was Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.

In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

The girl who was there got really excited about the part of God cares about those who are mourning of a love one. He will bring us peace. I told the children that when our love one has died we may think there was no healing. If they were a Christians, they are in heaven with God. They have received perfect healing and  they are not longer in pain. The little girl started cry. I hugged her and told her it was ok to cry. So you see that we have been working through Psalm 23 together. It has given the children in my group a safe place to share their feelings and talk about their grief. It has also been a place where I can find peace too.

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