The 23rd Psalm (Adapted) – A Responsive Reading

Because God is my shepherd, I have everything I want,
and, more, everything I need.
I need neither wander for fulfillment nor grope for meaning.

God allows me to find rest in lush meadows and valleys.
Wherever I am — God leads me.

Wherever God leads me,
it is as if I am by a river whose waters are so still,
my mind is at ease, my soul at rest.
God guides me on the right path of Tzedakah,
of justice, right, goodness, compassion, and caring,
for this is of benefit to God
as well as to human beings.

You have set life before me as a royal banquet,
even if there are present those who would harm me.
I am safe.

I am a guest in Your household.
This life is so abundant, my cup of wonder overflows.

I am grateful and bless You for Your generosity.
O, even if I walk in places so profoundly frightening
it feels as though the Angel of Death is in the darkness,
still, I fear no harm, for You, God, are with me,
wherever I find myself.

I am grateful for Your compassion and care, always.
Most certainly I shall continue to live in Your home,
in this life and after

About the Author
Danny Siegel is a well-known author, lecturer, and poet who has spoken in more than 500 North American Jewish communities on Tzedakah and Jewish values, besides reading from his own poetry. He is the author of 29 1/2 books on such topics as Mitzvah heroism practical and personalized Tzedakah, and Talmudic quotes about living the Jewish life well. Siegel has been referred to as "The World's Greatest Expert on Microphilanthropy", "The Pied Piper of Tzedakah", "A Pioneer Of Tzedakah", and "The Most Famous Unknown Jewish Poet in America."
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