On shepherds and sheep…

“Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!”

Ringing out in churches across the country on Easter Sunday, the joy of the resurrection, the certainty of Christ’s sovereignty, the darkness of Good Friday turned to light. And yet our world does not reflect that light and seems to lurch ever faster towards its own darkest reaches. Let us not despair… Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Lord Jesus, son of God. You are our shepherd.  You make us lie down in green pastures and lead us by the still, still waters. You restore our souls and lead us down the righteous paths. Even when we walk in troubled times we need not be afraid for you will always be with us. You provide for us and bless us. You forgive our wandering ways and allow us to be with you in all eternity, in your house.

We know we are your sheep. Often wandering off, following others without knowing where they are heading, getting stuck in faraway places, stubbornly refusing to budge. And yet, just as you forgave Peter his denials, so you forgive us. You feed us with your word. You call us to serve, you call us to care, you call us to focus on the needs of others around us.

Raise up good shepherds from among us we pray; lead good men and women to tend to your flock; to comfort those who are grieving; to nurse those who are suffering; to give courage to those who are fearful; and to give peace to those who are distressed. May our hearts burn with compassion that calls us to each do what we can, that we might act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you.

Amen

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