At our Café Church service this morning, we thought about the different images David presents us with in Psalm 23, perhaps the best known reflection on God’s provision for our lives. He “leads us by the still waters”, providing us with peace and calm in times of stress; he “makes us lie down in green pastures”, thus meeting our daily needs; and he is present even in the “darkest valley”. The Psalm acknowledges that whilst living the Christian life will not always be easy and we will meet challenges on the way, God is always there – although perhaps not in the way that we might expect.
This reflection is particularly appropriate for our anniversary weekend – we have just celebrated 69 years of ministry and fellowship in the Gilesgate area of Durham. There have been “dark valleys” over the years, but we see God continuing to bless us every day. As we look forward to our preparations for Christmas (the Christmas Fun Day is only a few weeks away – the 30th November), we are reminded of his greatest provision of all – his Son, Jesus Christ.