This Ramadan, we have asked different friends to share short reflections with us, all on our theme of Psalm 23.

This is a very special moment in history, when the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our lives and shaking our confidence. What does God have to say to us through this Psalm for our lives, right here, right now?

Here are Mary’s thoughts:

Have you ever thought of Psalm 23 as a shout of defiance? I hadn’t until one morning in early February when our family was preparing to return to Covid-panicked Hong Kong.

The new and scary realities introduced by the coronavirus gave me new eyes to see this ancient song.
Who has the audacity to say that they are not afraid, even as they face death itself?
Who enjoys a feast like an honored guest, when surrounded by deadly enemies?
Yet this is the confidence and fearlessness expressed by King David.

Psalm 23 reminds us that all of God’s blood-bought children now have access to such radical peace and security.
“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,” even the days when schools are shuttered and toilet paper is in short supply, and when the great economies of the world hang by a thread.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”


Mary is originally from the United States. She has been living in Asia with her family for the last decade.

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