The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
There is no worse feeling in life than that of loneliness, and many people go through life genuinely believing that no one cares about them. Our streets are filled with individuals whose lives are a reflection of hopelessness. Such feeling affects those on all levels of our society. They touch the rich as well as the poor. You do not have to be homeless to feel a sense of abandonment. Often, those who seemingly have everything find themselves quite alone, surrounded by their possessions.
As Christians, we must believe with all of our heart that we are never alone. We have a God who cares about us. Christ described himself in John's Gospel as being the "GOOD SHEPHERD." "I am the Good Shepherd, and I know my sheep and am known by My own." (John 10:14) What a wonderful thought! Just as a shepherd knows every member of his flock, Christ knows us and loves us all. He is always only a prayer away. He reminds us that "everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." (Matthew 7:8)
It is only human to sometimes feel "down." Still, we are never "out", for our Lord is always with us! Take your troubles and worries to Him...He will ease them. Turn to Him with your questions...He will provide answers. Go to Him when you are weary...He will give you rest.
The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin – Cliffwood, NJ