May 2, 2011

Prayer for Good Shepherd Sunday



Good Shepherd,
Teach us to follow you
          to care for all that are close to us,
                    to protect those who are threatened,
                    to welcome those who are rejected,
                    to forgive those who are burdened by guilt,
                    to heal those who are broken and sick,
                    to share with those who have little or nothing,
          to take the time to really know one another
                    and love as you have loved us.

Good Shepherd,
Teach us to follow you
          to spread compassion to those who are far away,
                    to speak for those who are voiceless,
                    to defend those who are oppressed and abused,
                    to work for justice for those who are exploited,
                    to make peace for those who suffer violence,
          to take the time to recognise our connectedness,
                    and to love as you have loved us.

Good Shepherd,
Teach us to follow you
          and to be faithful to calling you gave us
          to be shepherds in your name.

—John van de Laar, © 2009 Sacredise
on his Sacredise.com website.