He Leadeth Me Beside the Still Waters

He Leadeth Me Beside the Still Waters

He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;

Psalm 23: 2-3 (NKJV)

I didn’t realize how painful the heart could hurt until one of my sisters passed in 2008 and another one a year later in 2009. I can’t describe the feeling except that it pierced to my soul.

I thought I knew what the pain of losing a loved one felt like since I had lost a brother to cancer in 2000 and my father to a stroke in 1978. But I was not prepared for the hurt, pain, fragile emotions, and feelings of helplessness and emptiness I felt when my sisters passed. Maybe because both deaths were such a shock to me and the rest of the family.

My brother had been sick with cancer for several months so the family had time to mourn, say good-bye, and prepare for his demise. My father died after a second stroke so I had seen him go from an active preacher to being debilitated from a first stroke and immobilized from the second stroke.

My sisters’ deaths caught me by surprise – but they didn’t catch God by surprise. He had family, friends, associates, and church family ready to mourn with me, to support me, to comfort me, to encourage me, to pray with and for me, and to stand by my side in my hour of bereavement. I thank God for them and appreciate them but I really, really, really thank God for the Holy Spirit that sustained me, restored my soul, held me up, strengthened me, and led me beside the still waters.

If you’re going through a time of grief and sorrow remember that God will lead you besides the still waters and restore your soul. He will hold you up with His right hand. God never puts on us more than we can bear. So when things look unbearable, look to the hills from whence comes your help – your help is in Lord Jesus.

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121: 1-2 (ESV)

Barbara Harvey Carter About Barbara Harvey Carter

Barbara Harvey Carter is a Registered Nurse, speaker, workshop facilitator and Christian counselor. She has a passion for women's issues and writes novels about spiritual warfare in Christian relationships. For more info, please visit her website.


  1. Barbara-I’m so sorry for your loss. Praise God he sees our need and provides for us. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Barbara, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sisters. Your post really speaks to me. Just yesterday I found out about a friend of mine who died unexpectedly and it really shook me. It surprised all of us, but as you said, it didn’t surprise God. This brings me comfort.

    Thanks for also including Psalm 121, it’s one of my favorites. Bless you for your wisdom.

  3. Barbare, I, too, am sorry for your losses. I lost my sister in 2008 to a glioblastoma inoperable brain tumor. It hurt me deeply. I lost my brother in 1992 to throat cancer; my dad in 2002 and Mom 9 months later in 2003. I, the oldest of three, am the only one left. Psalms 23 has been my comfort.

    Thank you for sharing. Your grief is my grief. God bless you.

  4. Barbera I am so sorry to hear of all the loss that you sustained. My heart sank as I continued to read on. Thank you for sharing such encouraging words spoken from the heart of your pain. I can relate some my father passed in 2007, and that pain shook me to my core so, I can only imagine what you went through. You are a very strong woman to endure so much. Holy Spirit is wonderful. Praise the Lord for His grace and mercy.

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