You promised to take care of and feed your flock.
If ever there was a time we needed a Shepherd God it is now.
We need your strength as we feel so weakened by the tragic events of last Friday, by funerals for young children, teachers and a young man.
We are all looking for answers to why and how to stop this from ever happening again. And frankly we don’t know what to do. If we are to believe the media, someone is to blame or something.
Yet as your believers and followers you have taught us not to blame but to forgive and so God help us to forgive.
Lord this tragedy also reminds us to pray for those who have metal illnesses and to not turn our back on them but to assure them proper care and medical treatment.
Lord we are reminded through our scripture today that you did not look down on a young woman long ago who was pregnant out of wedlock but favored her and blessed her.
And you did not shame nor shun and older woman who had been barren for so long, but blessed her and filled her with your joy.
And you have not stopped loving the unloved, favoring the unfavorable, looking for the lost, seeing the hidden ones, lifting up the lowly, embracing the poor and fed the hungry and neither should we.
It is through your great mercy that you have done this and it is your mercy that empowers us to give not just at Christmas time but every day.
Lord there are many who need restoring in their bodies, minds and emotions.
There are many who need healing physically, mentally emotionally and spiritually.
There are many homes, marriages, families and children that need to be made whole.
There are countries that are broken and at odds with their own people, that need to be made right.
Lord if there ever was a time when we need a Shepherd God it is now.
Come Lord Jesus come and be our Shepherd.
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