"My Shepherd You Supply My Need" is the first in a series of devotional videos featuring Beverly Carmichael Heid. In this video, she speaks of how the image of the Good Shepherd comforts her in times of illness or grief.
Beverly, affectionately known as Bev to her friends, is a self-taught pianist who learned to play to bring cheer, hope, and reminders of God's presence at times of personal illness. She developed quite a list of songs, and has shared her piano playing with persons who find a similar sense of peace from listening to her hymns of faith.
Bev also contributes her music to DisciplesNet Church, an online church especially created to connect with people not able to attend a traditional church, or wishing to connect with the reassuring videos and other resources that are available 24/7. Bev's music is featured on DisciplesNet in many worships, and in special longer videos of her songs.
We are excited to release this first in a series of videos where you can meet Beverly and find what puts the song in her heart, despite the storms of life.
Rev. Bob Shaw tells the story of rescuing Gladly as a metaphor for God's mercy to us.
Glady is a stuffed bear that came to work at the DisciplesNet studio after something especially scary happened to him! You will need to listen to Rev. Bob Shaw's story to get the details of his rescue.
By the way, Gladly's name comes from the story of the child who heard people in church singing the hymn,"Gladly the Cross I Bear," which is about people following in footsteps of Jesus. But the child thought the adults were singing instead, "Gladly the cross-eyed bear," about a friendly bear somehow connected to Jesus' love.
We hope you'll enjoy this story about Gladly's adventure, and know that God is with you, too, even when scary times come.
This is a paraphrase of the 23rd Psalm, intended especially for meditation when you are feeling lost. It was written by Peggy McMahon and appears in her book, Father, Hear My Psalms. The music is "Day by Day", written by Karolina Sandell-Berg in 1865 and arranged and played by Beverly Carmichael Heid.
The words are these:
The Lord is my pathfinder, I shall not lose my way.
He makes me lie down in meadows of summer bloom;
He leads me to still waters where I drink from his cup.
He restores me in purpose; He leads me to find meaning
in the smallest of offerings.
Yea, though I walk through the canyon of deepest dark,
I am not lost.
For the light of your heart's love is never extinguished,
Your nearness is never absent.
You prepare a sanctuary for me in the deep of the canyon walls,
I receive your true Word.
You anoint my head with belongingness,
my heart entrains to the pulse of Your heavenly voice.
I hear You call my name and I shall answer.
Surely all courage and direction shall be with me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the presence of the Lord forever. Amen.
Here’s a gift for you from DisciplesNet Church. We present the Christmas story in scripture and pictures, followed by a lighting of the Christ Candle on the Advent wreath and the Hallelujah chorus. We hope you will enjoy it on Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day, as a way of touching the true meaning of Christmas.
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
Rev. Russ Smith
Rev. Anita Cobb
Rev. Bob Shaw
Rev. Audrey Borschel
Ted Yoder (hammered dulcimer)
“Carol of the Bells”
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Beverly Heid (piano)
“O Little Town of Bethlehem”
“What Child is This”
“One Candle is Lit” (verse 5)
Southport Christian Church Chancel Choir
“Hallelujah” from Handel’s “Messiah”
Susan McNeely (mountain dulcimer)
“In the Bleak Midwinter”
Artwork from Wikimedia Commons and Art in the Christian Tradition (Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN USA), under the Creative Commons license
Photography primarily by Susan McNeely, also Dave Alexander
Video editing by Susan McNeely, Dean Phelps, and Deb Phelps
Originally posted 12 21 2012