Lord, grant to this poor under-shepherd,
Entrusted to care for your Kingdom flock,
The discernment to see our spiritual wounds,
The wisdom to know how to treat them,
And the courage to carry it through.
Lord, grant to this poor under-shepherd
The humility to submit to your Spirit
When you speak through your Word, your flock,
And the holy wisdom of tradition.
May I bear a heart that rises not to the defense
Of my own embattled pride,
But accepts from you the toilsome grace
Of being a servant of the Servant of All.
Let me attend, O Lord,
To the steps of my Shepherd,
And may the path I follow
Bear more of him
Than it does of me.
A Note to My Readers -
I've decided to remove my Sunday posts from the weekly cycle. Although I hope they've been of benefit to some of you, they are necessarily secondary to my regular work of sermon preparation each week. I've found that having that extra post to write simply added to the burden of my work. For those readers who would still like access to my weekly work in Scriptural exposition, I would ask them to access the podcasts of my sermons (available through a link in the sidebar), since that remains the primary form of my Bible teaching each week.