Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me

The 23rd Psalm has always been a favorite of mine. It’s full of promise and joy. Hope and happiness should be what people take from it. But one thing I’ve noticed is that people misinterpret part of it and misuse it. “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.” People have linked the end of verse 4 with punishment and that’s incorrect. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me was understood by earlier generations because they understood the purpose of the rod and the staff.

Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me

Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me

Because of Love

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A few years ago, during one of my out-of-state grand kids’ visits my younger granddaughter and her cousin, my in-state grandson, got into a disagreement. I don’t even know what the argument was about but my granddaughter, who was 5 at that time, announced that her cousin had never met her parents and never would. It was, in her mind, the ultimate “so there!” And that is how we had the discussion “Because of Love.”

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