Prayers for Pastors

One Shepherd (a prayer for pastors)

A photo from the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore
A photo from the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore

Dear Jesus,

You say we are one flock
with one shepherd,
and I can only conclude
that we resist
with all our heart,
mind, soul and strength,
afraid of love,
afraid of being one.

We fear a loss of power,
of status,
of identity.

We live in a dream world.

What does it take to wake us us up?

A church fire,
a missing child,
smashed windows,
courageous truth-telling,
the shaking of the earth,
an avalanche of reality.

Dear Jesus, Good Shepherd,
if only we could hear your voice
before tragedies occur.

(If only we listened to each other.)

If only we heard your voice
before we treat each other so terribly.

If only.

Call us again,
through your gate,
into your pasture,
we pray.

Call us again. Please.

Amen.

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