Psalm 67

March 2015

“I have learned it is good to laugh,” says Elizabeth Njeri, a widowed mother of four. “There are many challenges in life…but I am encouraged.”

After Elizabeth’s husband passed away of cancer in 2011, she moved to her current home in order to escape the unwanted advances of men who made her feel unsafe. And despite being diagnosed with HIV, she says today she finally feels at peace with her life.

“There are many challenges,” Elizabeth admits, “like getting enough food for my children and paying their school fees, but I have a small business selling porridge and chapatti, and I’m trying to do everything I can to support my family.”

When she needs encouragement, Elizabeth says she turns to Psalm 67, which declares God’s blessing on the people who are devoted to Him and praises Him for all His good works.

“That is my favorite Scripture,” she says. “And I hope my kids will learn about faith from me. I want them to take care of themselves. And more than anything I want them to fear God.”

Psalm 67:

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.
 May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.
 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.

 The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.
 May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

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Elizabeth’s story is one of 100 staff and client stories in the CARE for AIDS coffee table book. Click here to learn more about this project.