This week we’ll be continuing our series based on Colossians 3:16b:
“Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.”
Perhaps you are already aware of how rich your study can be if you start with it now. Listening to the song and reading the Psalm each day will enrich your appreciation for how the Lord speaks to you through His Word.

Here’s how you can begin to prepare your heart for next week’s lesson
during the coming week:
1. Listen to the hymn “Softly and Tenderly” as often as you can each day until you find yourself humming the tune and perhaps singing to yourself as you go through your day. Feel free to search and find one that you like or just click on one of these links:
Choral a cappella version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf_glkmbNbQ
Glen Campbell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3VKSpprzew
Sandi Patti https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-RQVXeGz5M
2. Read Psalm 23 as often as you can throughout the week.  Since this Psalm is short and probably familiar to most of you, try reading it in a few different translations.  Here’s a link to Psalm 23 in the King James Version of the Bible: https://www.bible.com/bible/1/PSA.23.KJV
After you have clicked on the link and read that version, you can click on the letters “KJV” toward the top of that page, and a long list of different versions and translations will appear. Just click the one you want to try next.
3. Write down your responses to the following questions about the hymn. Answer the same questions about the Psalm.
–What is the theme?
–What feelings does it evoke in you?
–What words or phrases got your attention?
–What does it tell you about the character of God?

Optional:  Complete Puzzles Nos. 6 and 7 in the pink Word Search Bible Puzzle book as a way or reviewing and reinforcing your awareness of the words and message in the hymn and the Psalm.

My prayer this week is that you will find yourself in close communion with the Holy Spirit.  Please keep Joyce McCarten in your prayers as she prepares what she will share with us next Tuesday.

Susan

The Good Shepherd