O Prince of Life, teach us to stand more boldly on your side,
to face the world and all our adversaries more courageously,
and not to let ourselves be dismayed by any storm of temptation;
may our eyes be steadfastly fixed on you in fearless faith;
may we trust you with perfect confidence
that you will keep us, save us, and bring us through
by the power of your grace and the riches of your mercy.
Gerhard Tersteegen, 1697 – 1769, German Reformed religious writer
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.
Then he said to him, “Follow me!”