There is, perhaps, no stronger a statement of faith in all of Scripture than this famous line from Psalm 23. It is, at its core, the full vision of what it means to be a child of God as the lectionary begins to move us away from these scant resurrection stories and toward how it is we live as disciples of the risen Christ.
There is no inherent promise that evil will not befall us. Accidents will happen. Bad people will do bad things. Illness knows no prejudice. Thanks to a complicated tax code, death is the only true certainty in life. However, in the midst of those challenges, the reality is that God is there. Abiding. Comforting. Sympathizing. God is there.
This is a helpful reminder today as sketchy details come out of Boston regarding two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It is confusing. It is frightening. But the Good News is that God is there. God is here.
O merciful Father, who has taught us in your holy Word that you do not willingly afflict or grieve your children: Look with pity upon the sorrows of your servants for whom our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of your goodness, lift up your countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP, 831)