Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion includes a prayer/meditation written by faithful pastor Walter E. Schuette who has since gone to be with the Lord. We pray that his witness will encourage you for your own life of witness.
As you begin read Ezekiel 34:11–22.
Jesus, guard us with a shepherd’s love. Storms and dangers appear suddenly, when we least expect them. Just about the time we think everything is going fine—wham!—problems hit us right and left. And often when we think we are walking with you, safe on the path of righteousness, we discover that we are lost in the wilderness.
Your voice calms us when you call, searching for us. Oh, what a shepherd you are! You gave your life for your sheep. We need not worry that you will desert us like some hired hand who works only for pay. You feed us, lead us, and guard us because you truly love us. If one of your lambs is lost, you don’t stop looking until you have found it and brought it safely back into the fold.
We run to you in the mountain shelter and huddle close on cloudy days. Do not allow us ever to take your goodness for granted.
We ask it for ourselves and our brothers and sisters in the faith, because you gave your life for all of us. Amen.