It was a tough, frustrating, sorrow filled day yesterday. It feels like words don’t work to quench all those feelings. Especially in light of the execution death of Matt Puckett, who didn’t receive a fair trial, words do not come close to offering the comfort needed for friends and family. So any words that I attempt to write here will fall flat, horribly flat. But when the words, written or spoken, point to a divine God whom loves all with a particular relentlessness, they spark an intense connection between all who gather, near or far. Those words become Holy. As the many pray for Matt Puckett, may the words spoken or written, connect us all with God, the one in whom Matt Puckett rests. So today, I humbly offer a favorite Psalm of many.
A prayer for Matt, his family and friends! May Matt rest in peace.
A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
Lord, have mercy. Amen.