My Shepherd was originally written as a eulogy to honor a friend from First Baptist Church of Rossville, Georgia, and it was published in Mature Living magazine in March 2001. Since then it has undergone numerous revisions.
The prayer springs from deep within my inner being and is a source of growing affirmation during these perilous days of Covid-19. My hope is it will likewise enhance your journey forward.
The Lord, my Shepherd, leads me. Sometimes we travel through lush meadows or linger by still waters. Often we wind our way through rough terrain and I feel I can’t stand it any more. Then, the Lord, my Shepherd, restores me.
When my soul is barren and my dreams crushed He opens for me windows of hope.
The Lord, my Shepherd, walks with me. Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry. Sometimes we run and sometimes we crawl. Ah yes! The Lord, my Shepherd, walks with me.
The Lord, my Shepherd, sustains me. He replaces my sorrow with joy. He picks me up when I stumble and cuddles me when I’m afraid.
The Lord, my Shepherd, is a Forever Guide. When this life ceases He’ll whisper, “Come with Me. The best is yet to be!”