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A Harmony Pastor Feedback: Monday Morning Providing: 5/9

  

Of all of the prayers I’ve written over the previous 15 years, this Monday Morning Providing is one among my favorites – as is the day for which I wrote it: Good Shepherd Sunday…

With yesterday’s gospel
nonetheless in my ideas and in my coronary heart,
I give you, Lord, my want, my prayer
so that you can shepherd me
by way of all of the ups and downs,
the fun and sorrows,
the temptations and style
of every single day of my life…


Shepherd me, O God, from right here to there,
from the place I’m to the place I am meant to be,
from one second to the following,
from as we speak into tomorrow,
from my previous into my future…


Shepherd me, O God,
from yesterday’s issues
to tomorrow’s options…


Shepherd me, O God,
from the recollections I am caught in
to those I’ve but to make…


Shepherd me, O God,
from all that haunts me from my previous
to a future I’ve but to expertise…


Shepherd me, O God,
from my failings, sins and errors
to the grace of a brand new starting…


Shepherd me, O God,
from daydreams and fantasies
to a life that is actual and mine to steer…


Shepherd me, O God,
removed from all my silly methods
and nearer to your Knowledge’s path…


Shepherd me, O God,
from selfishness and greed
to a giving, beneficiant spirit…


Shepherd me, O God,
from smug satisfaction
to humble self-knowledge…


Shepherd me, O God,
from the lies I’ve come to consider
to the reality that units me free…


Shepherd me, O God,
from all that is lower than pure
to what’s clear and clear and chaste…


Shepherd me, O God,
from my lazy habits
to work that satisfies and serves…


Shepherd me, O God,
from senseless wandering
to the trail you’d have me stroll…


Shepherd me, O God,
from flirting with temptation
to doing what is true…


Shepherd me, O God,
from prejudice and bias
to open understanding and acceptance…


Shepherd me, O God,
from losing what I’ve
to sharing all that is mine…


Shepherd me, O God,
from hopelessness and concern
to belief and confidence in you…


Shepherd me, O God,
from feeling sorry for myself
to gratitude for all I’ve…


Shepherd me, O God,
from doubts that cloud my ideas
to religion that fills my soul…


Shepherd me, O God,


from right here to there,


from one second to the following,


from as we speak into tomorrow,


from my previous into my future…

 

Shepherd me, O God,

past my desires,

past my fears,

from demise into life…


Amen.

Shepherd Me, O God by Marty Haugen

 

Shepherd me, O God, past my desires,
past my fears, from demise into life.



God is my shepherd, so nothing shall I would like,
I relaxation within the meadows of faithfulness and love,
I stroll by the quiet waters of peace.


Gently you increase me and heal my weary soul,
you lead me by pathways of righteousness and reality,
my spirit shall sing the music of your Title.


Although I ought to wander the valley of demise,
I concern no evil, for you might be at my facet,
your rod and your workers, my consolation and my hope.


You will have set me a banquet of affection within the face of hatred,
crowning me with love past my pow’r to carry.
Absolutely your kindness and mercy observe me all the times of my life;
I’ll dwell in the home of my God forevermore.

 


  

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