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When I was about 10, I learned Psalm 23 by heart

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‘When I was about 10, I learned Psalm 23 by heart. I was at an age where it seemed so lovely to me. It was so comforting. It made me feel that I had nothing to worry about. 

‘If I had a penny for every time I have recited that in my head, I would be a multi-, multi-millionaire by now. I’m claustrophobic and often on a plane when I’m thinking, ‘I don’t like this,’ I recite Psalm 23 to myself. I have been divorced. I have lost a child. I have never needed anything more than Psalm 23. 

‘I just love it. I have learned other verses off by heart, but some of them I don’t even remember now. 

‘If you have money worries – and I have been really near the edge financially – this is a comfort. Something has always come up. I know that I ‘shall not want’. There’s the peaceful idea of green pastures and still waters when you are anxious, and most of us know what the ‘valley of the shadow of death’ is like. 

‘I had a family tragedy and I didn’t sleep for six months. Even in that kind of depth of despair, I still turned to Psalm 23, not sleeping pills. It’s better than sleeping pills.’ 

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