Prayer: Host and Shepherd

Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving inspired by Psalm 23.  It was written by Sonya Dyer.

(inspired by Psalm 23)

“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
You welcome me as a guest, anointing my head with oil.” Psalm 23:5

O Holy One,
you are our host as well as our shepherd.
You invite us to the banquet,
the banquet of life.
All parts of the world are invited –
enemies and friends,
the alienated and powerful,
those close at hand and those far off.
You offer the abundance and lavishness
of bread broken and shared
and the cup of refreshment that leads to new life.
We praise and thank you for your abundant spirit.
Goodness and love unfailing,
these will follow us all the days of our lives,
and we shall dwell in the home of our God
for all eternity.

~ excerpted from a paraphrase of Psalm 23 written by Sonya Dyer.  From Sonya Dyer’s Prayerbook, posted on the Seekers Church website.