For Hope

by Beth Richardson on April 27, 2012 · 2 comments

The Good Shepherd

Friday, April 27. The author of “For Hope” (p. 29) also describes God’s love and care. Compare what she says with the words of the psalmist.

How would you describe God’s love and care in your own words?

Words from The Word: This is God’s commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. -1 John 3:23-24, NRSV

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Hear and pray the “I am the Good Shepherd” passage from John 10:11-16.

Pray for: the people and countries of Djibouti and Somalia.

Spiritual Tools: We can’t leave the wilderness without taking a look at a poem by John of the Cross, “One Dark Night”.


All of us have sustained wounds; all of us have inflicted wounds. Life consists in large measure of a journey through grief and loss. Wounded, we cry out to God. We seek a balm to heal our wounds. We long for release from the discouragement that saps our energy and blinds us to all that is good and true in our lives. We yearn for wholeness and healing.

At a moment of deep despair, the Lord spoke through the prophet Jeremiah to God’s people: “I will restore health to you and your wounds I will heal.”

-Paul Wesley Chilcote
A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit

From pp. 94-95 of A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright © 2008 by the author. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of Upper Room Books.

Prayer: Good Shepherd God, guide me through the rough places, watch over me as I sleep, show me the paths of your righteousness. Amen.

Art Credit: JESUS MAFA – The Good Shepherd. from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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