The psalmist wrote, “The LORD is my
shepherd, I shall not want."
I received an unexpected phone call telling me that my
dad had passed away after suffering with Alzheimer’s for
several years. As I traveled almost 1200 miles to be with
family, I had time to reflect on my dad’s life and what a great
family man and provider my dad had been. It was now time
for me to provide strength for my family.
Over the past three decades I have struggled with alcohol
and drug addiction. After surrendering to God, I have
managed to remain clean and sober for some time. I was
now about to be an active participant in the celebration of my
dad’s life. I was thankful that God had helped me become
well enough to handle this situation. Once the week had
ended, I felt grateful to have honored my dad in a way that
would have made him proud. God made me available to
comfort people and made others available to comfort me. I
was able to draw upon the strength of God to get through the
As the celebration of
Dad’s life ended, I knew
God’s comforting presence.
I felt joy in knowing that
God walks with us through
every valley. I now feel closer to my dad than ever before.
Thanks be to God!
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for healing the sick and giving
strength to the weak. Help us to recognize every opportunity
to share your love with others. Amen.
Todd Ricketts (Florida)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION
— Psalm 23: 1 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
God walks with me through
every dark valley.