Deborah Beach Giordano
© February 25, 2012
Hear our prayer, O Shepherd
who leads us like a flock;
light our path,
You who are enthroned among the angels.
~ Psalm 80:1
If God is our shepherd, what does that make us?
Sheep are easily confused, easily frightened, and easily led. Nobody wants to be a sheep.
And yet sometimes I understand. When troubles surround us like ravening wolves, when struggles increase and solutions disappear, stress mounts and calm vanishes. One problem is resolved and two arise in its place. We grow weary, fearful, and uncertain; lambs lost in a dark and lonely forest.
It is tempting to pretend that we are always strong, in control, resilient and self-sufficient. But we aren’t.
A prayer directed to “our Shepherd” is a reminder of our vulnerability: a solo sheep is at risk of becoming lost or being devoured. We cannot do it all alone, nor should we hope to; we need community, support, encouragement …. and most of all, we need the Beloved’s sustaining Presence.
A prayer directed to our Shepherd is an affirmation of our faith in God’s abiding concern and unfailing commitment: we shall never be abandoned. We have nothing to fear; God is with us, always.
A prayer directed to our Shepherd brings a respite from life’s hectic pace. Taking shelter in the arms of the One who has promised to bring His flock safely home, we can rest and restore our souls.