23rd Psalm – Fri – 22-10-28

Sometimes people experience a string of bad luck. In August, bad luck followed a couple in Norfolk, Virginia. A few hours before John Jefferies would start his new job, he decided to go to the convenience store. He rode his skateboard and was hit by a car that came out of nowhere. It knocked him unconscious and left him with a broken nose, broken ribs and back trouble. Five days later, the couple’s only car was stolen. Now they face the challenge of getting John to doctor appointments and the kids to school without a vehicle.1

Then there’s Corey Simons in Chicago. His car was stolen twice within three hours. The first time, his car was stolen from the shop where it was receiveing an oil change. The police arrived three minutes after he called. A GPS tracker helped the police recover the car. Simons hopped in and drove to a gas station. While he filled the car with gas, another person climbed in and stole it again. The same police officers recover it again.2

Wouldn’t you rather have good things follow you in life? They can. According to the twenty-third Psalm God cares for us like a shepherd cares for sheep. After describing God’s care, the psalmist concludes with this verse. “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (NIV)

  1. Antoinette DelBel, “‘The nightmare doesn’t end. It just keeps going’: Norfolk family devastated after string of bad luck,” WTKR, August  18, 2022, https://www.wtkr.com/news/the-nightmare-doesnt-end-it-just-keeps-going-norfolk-family-devastated-after-string-of-bad-luck
  2. Mark Rivera, “Man has car stolen twice in 3 hours in Chicago: ‘Luck is on my side’,” WLS-TV Chicago, September 26, 2022, https://abc7chicago.com/car-stolen-twice-chicago-police-crime/12251762/

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