March 30, 2015: Who Follows Me?

~by Louis Templeman

Sometimes I feel the faith I hear presented is little more than hopeful dreamy infatuation with the Holy Spirit. In the face of pain, confusions, loss of balance, bad family news, international news, and frightening confrontation with aging, how do you reach for the famous words of Psalm 23:

Only goodness and kindness will follow me all the days of my life.

The questionable scenarios that paint themselves across our imagination leave little room for blithe spirituality. My typical faith experience cannot combat the specter of death, or long illness or loss of everything or costly betrayal by friends and family. It is easier to leave behind, not goodness and kindness, but confusion, anger, bitterness and doubt.

As long as I look for answers or healing or resolutions or a grace-filled finality I will be on edge. Comfort, joy, peace will escape me.

The answer that calms me, assures me and strengthens me is not salvation but rather a Savior. Salvation is the answer, the healing, and the triumph of justice. The Savior however is the one who says (Matthew 6: 31) “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” Salvation is our inheritance. However our day to day is our Savior Himself. He promised to never leave or forsake. It is His presence we must nurture. It can be a vain and empty practice to seek His stuff without longing for His presence, His face, His pleasure.

Disappointments may hammer my mind but in the end it is by His appointment that only goodness and kindness will follow me all the days of my life. I choose to believe.


Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D. Louis has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is fighting the good fight. Much of what he writes these days he is sharing his journey with us. Please keep Louis and his wife Joy in your prayers.

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