Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4 NRSV)
Former professional baseball player Roy Campanella, who was confined to a wheelchair following an accident, found an important resource in his faith. He had felt only anguish and despair immediately following the accident, and he spent many nights crying himself to sleep. He healed poorly in those first few months, and one day his physician came in and told him frankly that if he didn't become responsible for his own healing, he would never recover.
Campanella knew that he would never leave his wheelchair. He knew that he would never play ball again. But he also knew that the doctor was right. All of his life he had found help in his faith. And now, from the depths of his despair, he turned once more to the Lord. He had a nurse read him the Twenty-third Psalm, and from that moment, Campanella improved. He is still in his wheelchair, but he says that he knows that God is on his side.
God is on your side too!
Dear Jesus, thank you for allowing me to be on your team. Amen.
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