As I wrote in my last blog God Views, of all the metaphors or character traits God embodies, Shepherd may be God’s favorite. I know it’s mine. It speaks to so many of our needs and busts God out of our modern boxes and stereotypes we trap God in. It’s personal and relational rather than abstract and impersonal. Therefore, our prayer for this week is to answer the voice of the Good Shepherd.
Voices call us from every corner. A cacophony of pain, arrogance, fear, and error. Their cries pierce our ears. We hear but can’t discern the truth or way or life in their words.
Give us ears for your commanding and loving voice. Make your truth ring like a clear note that vibrates to our very souls. Sing a song of hope to our lost and lonely hearts. Protect, guide, and provide for us.
We answer your call. We run to you.
Gather us into your fold, especially those who do not yet know your grace. Go after the one, broken and alone. The one friend, family member, neighbor, colleague, the stranger next to us. Save them and us, Good Shepherd. Comfort and collect your people from every corner, from every mountainside and plain. Call us to abide in you.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
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