On October 23rd, I read the 23rd Psalm. I do that — read the Psalm that corresponds to the date. Anyway, I can quote Psalm 23. I memorized it as a child so I started not to read it — since I know it by heart. Then I decided that I should read it and I am so glad I did. Verse 3 jumped off the page. It says “he restores my soul….” You see, the past few weeks have been difficult — physically and emotionally. Physically — We’ve had some sort of “bug” at our house…really more than one. Sinus and allergy stuff, stomach issues. A sick 8 year old causes mom to not sleep so soundly! Emotionally — a sweet lady in our church lost her 30 year old son; another church member passed away; a player on the local high school football team had a heart attack on the field during a game and died; one of my dearest friends suffered great loss in her life and family; and another precious and dear friend was in a pretty bad car accident. Even though none of the emotional stuff happened directly to me, my heart was breaking for those that I care about who were in the middle of their particular circumstance. I felt the weight of death and loss………….I felt helpless…………wishing I could do something……… Several weeks of sickness and crying with and for those that I care about had left me feeling weary. Then I read Psalm 23. The Lord gently reminded me that He knows the valleys that my precious friends are walking through and HE is in control. He reminded me that I am to call on Him on their behalf and most of all that time with Him is restoration. I don’t know what you may be going through or where you’ve been. But I know that the Lord does “restore our soul” when we need it. Joy to You!