Psalm 23

Sunday  Some of you know that my brother is very sick. We were able to spend a week with him and his family mid June, and it was heartbreaking to see how very, very sick he is. He went public with his health story back several weeks ago during a particularly difficult time. Since then, he and my sister-in-law have been encouraged by an outpouring of prayer and support, and an insurance ruling reversal that will provide him with the medical treatment we hope will save his life. His road to recovery, however, will be a long one and he needs much prayer.

Serious family illness has a way of quickly focusing life’s priorities. Turning 40, all of a sudden, was not such a hardship. As we try and support from afar, this Schubert setting of Psalm 23 has been one of the pieces playing in my head.

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe with sopranos Barbara Bonney and Brigitte Poschner, contraltos Dalia Schaechter and Margareta Hintermeier under the direction of Claudio Abbado

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