From Childhood to Our Last Breath

"The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need." ~ Psalm 23:1 

Before I knew the Lord, I memorized the Twenty-third Psalm in Sunday school. Fifty-some years later whenever I quote it, I feel a childlike comfort.

But the most memorable use of this Psalm in my life happened when my mother was dying. 

I sat in her hospital room, praying while she slept. Gently, so as not to awaken her, I began to recite the Twenty-third Psalm out loud.

Then half way through, my mother joined in and we finished it together. 

 The words were permanently a part of my mother’s psyche even though she was not fully awake. 

A few weeks later my mother was granted the privilege to meet her Shepherd face-to-face.

If you’ve never memorized the Twenty-third Psalm—I encourage you to do so this week. There’s something indescribable about the comfort it brings. 

copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
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  1. Wow, what a sweet memory!

  2. Psalm 23 is a comfort. I'm glad I found your blog through your comment on mine at There is lots to read here on your blog, and it looks great!

  3. Again, I want to thank you for all your encouragements.
    I don't comment often but I do read your posts, EVERYDAY!

    1. Thank you, Christine.
      Your comment encourages me!
      Bless you,

  4. Thank you Gail
    Ps 23 was one of my last conversations with my mom 15 years ago before she passed on to meet her Shepherd face to face as well. i remember when she was agitated in ICU I read that to her and she calmed down. What a wonderful memory !

    God bless you as you bless others

    1. I love hearing about your similar experience, Nettie. Brings back sweet memories of my mother who has been with the Lord for over 20 years now! I can't believe it and look forward to seeing her again and reciting the 23rd Psalm together in the presence of our Shepherd.

  5. Oh Gail, I love this. So sweet, so powerful. Thank you.


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