Morning Prayer

These two set of prayers are used as part of the opening pray during Journey Toward Wholeness, a healing retreat for women. These prayers follow the theme of the Shepherd's love, nurture, and healing extended to us.

These prayers get run off on nice paper with a shepherd watermark in the background. One of these days I'll make that available as a pdf download. If those lovely things were just sitting on the website, they would take a half hour to download onto your computer. So, one of these days.....

This prayer time is usually outside in the early morning sun with the women gathered around in a circle. Prayer goes on for about 20 minutes with scripture, reflection and song. The Shepherd prayers are a part of that.



Saturday Morning
Shepherd:
I am the Good Shepherd and I know my sheep. My sheep recognize and listen to my voice. I know them and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish.


All:
Lord, You are my Shepherd. I shall not want.


Shepherd:
In the dark and cloudy day that you were scattered, I sought you out to deliver you from places of chaos, devastation, panic, and fear.


All:
Lord, You are my Shepherd. I shall not want. You Lord are my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear: You are the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?


Shepherd:
I am the Good Shepherd. You shall not hunger or thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun strike you down. For in mercy I will lead you and by springs of water I will guide you.


All:
He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me by still waters.


Shepherd
:
I am the Lamb in the midst of the throne. I will tend you, shepherd you, lead you to living fountains of water. And God, your Creator shall wipe away all tears from your eyes.


All:
Lord, You are my Shepherd. I shall not want.


Shepherd:
There is a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God. And I say come. You who are thirsting….. come!


All:
And the bride says “Come!” Let each of us who hears say “Come!” Let us each who thirsts come to the river. Let us take the water of life freely and deeply into the areas of our needs.







Sunday Morning
Shepherd:
I am the Good Shepherd. Fear not for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am you Lord. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will hold you up with my right hand.


All:
Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod for protection and your staff for guidance, they comfort me.


Shepherd:
I am your Shepherd. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, you shall not drowned. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned.


All:
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me. Lord You stretch out Your hand against the wickedness of my enemies, and your right hand saves me.



Shepherd. You are the sheep of my pasture, I have created you, formed you. Do not fear for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are mine.


All:
Though many should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. You, Lord, are the Shepherd of my soul. You are my light and my salvation., You are the strength of my life. How great is Your goodness toward those who trust in You!.


Shepherd:
I am the Good Shepherd and I say to you “Fear not little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. He has determined to give you the Kingdom.”


All:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever
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