Thoughts for the week: point to ponder

Good Shepherd Sunday

Praying the 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd. I have all that I need.

Forgive me Lord, when I stray from you, because of my hunger for things I don’t need

He lets me rest in green meadows. He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.

Forgive me Lord, when I think that other pastures look greener, or when I reject your offers of help, believing I can manage without you.

He guides me along right paths, bringing honour to his name.

Forgive me, Lord that although I say I want to be led by you, I don’t always mean it and then when I do follow, I still complain along the path.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.

Forgive me Lord, that even though I know you promise to be with me, I am often afraid. Help me to be more aware of your presence, your strength and your comfort.

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of me enemies. My cup overflows with blessings.

Forgive me Lord, when I refuse to sit down at your table, rejecting the blessings you freely offer me. Make me more aware of your overflowing love, and of my desperate need of you

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all my days, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Lord God I thank you that whatever I do, you never leave me or stop loving me. You can never love me any more or any less. I thank you for the blessings you shower on me every day, and for receiving me into your eternal embrace. Amen

The Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty,
let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
 to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.                Amen

Almighty and loving God, may we live a holy life that mirrors your goodness and kindness. May we become compassionate as you are, full of mercy on each one of us.  May we become more generous and kind to those who are in most need and are helpless.  Amen.