The Lord is my pace-setter, I shall not rush,
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals,
He provides me with images of stillness,
which restore my serenity.
He leads me in the ways of efficiency;
through calmness of mind,
and his guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret for his presence is here.
His timelessness, his all-importance will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity
by anointing my mind with his oils of tranquility,
my cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours,
for I shall walk in the pace of my Lord,
and dwell in his house for ever.
Toki Miyashina, Japanese poet
The Lord is my shepherd
I shall not want.
Our Good Shepherd
Show me, O Lord, your mercy, and delight my heart with it.
Let me find you whom I so longingly seek.
See, here is the man whom the robbers seized, mishandled,
and left half dead on the road to Jericho.
O kind hearted Samaritan, come to my aid!
I am the sheep who wandered into the wilderness – seek after me,
and bring me home again to your fold.
Do with me what you will, that I may stay by you all the days of my life,
and praise you with all those who are with you in heaven for all eternity.
St Jerome, c.347-420, translator of the Latin Vulgate
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
fellowship with the marginalized
Lake Orta, Italy by Matt Hardy on Unsplash
Come, O Shepherd
The Good Shepherd by Lawrence OP via Flickr CC by 2.0
receiving and showing mercy
Photo by Mohamad Babayan on Unsplash
Lord, shepherd us, your inheritance
The Sheep of Jesus, Agen Cathedral France, via wikimedia commons
let me hear your gentle voice, good Shepherd
Tomb showing Christ as the Good Shepherd, by Historien d’art, Wikimedia Commons
O Good Shepherd Jesus
Christ as the good shepherd, by Lucas Cranach the Younger, via Wikimedia Commons
God almighty, merciful Savior
The Ecstasy of St. Francis, by Giovanni Bellini via Wikimedia Commons
You fight for us
The Good Shepherd, by Meister des Mausoleums der Galla Placidia in Ravenna, 5th century, via Wikimedia Commons