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SUSAN McKAY - NORTHERN PROTESTANTS ON SHIFTING GROUND

THE CORONAVIRUS PSALM 23 PRAYER FOR SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Ps 23

(as we head towards a holiday season, a pastoral prayer for some refreshment for the flock... prayed in Fitzroy July 4th 2021)

 

Lord, we have lived through strange days

Challenging days

Lonely days

Fear filled days

Lord we are tired

 

Lord we have had our familiar stolen from us

Going to work familiar

Visiting family familiar

Shops, restaurants, concert familiar

Lord we are tired

 

Lord we have had to learn so many new things

Living in isolation

Working from home

Homeschooling

Lord we are tired

 

Lord we have had to train ourselves with new skills

Living life online

Zoom meetings

Speaking to cameras

Lord we are tired

 

Lord we have gone through tough times in even tougher days

We have grieved alone

We have been in hospital alone

We have been anxious alone

Lord we are tired

 

Lord you are our shepherd

We find all that we need in you

Please Lord lay us down in green pastures

Lead us beside the quiet waters

Restore our souls

 

Lord, we have been stretched 

In our bodies

In our minds

And in our souls

 

Refresh us Lord

In green pastures

And by quiet waters

Give us rest over these summer months

 

And may we know

Your goodness and mercy follow us

And bring us back restored and refreshed

 

In Jesus our Lord and Shepherd’s name

Amen

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