Exodus 5:22-7:24; Matthew 18:23-19:12; Psalm 23:1-6; Proverbs 5:22-23
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence
of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil,
my cup overflows.
goodness and mercy will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Psalm 23: 1-6
He who calls me by my name and writes my name in the Book of Life–
He who walks beside me on life’s path–
He who provides me with daily bread–
He who tends to my bruised and damaged soul–
He who defends me to the end–
Will open the door to Heaven and let His sheep come in.
Lord God, thank you for being my Shepherd; for your love and mercy that follows on my heels; for giving more than I could ever imagine: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control all wrapped up in your Son Jesus Christ. Thank you for never leaving me during the dark times, when shadows obscure my path. I have felt your rod and staff nudging me–through Word and Sacrament–to stay near to you, to keep following your lead until I reach your home in Heaven. In my Shepherd’s name I pray, Amen