“I am the good shepherd, who is willing
to die for the sheep. When the hired man,
who is not a shepherd and does not own the
sheep, sees a wolf coming, he leaves the sheep
and runs away; so the wolf snatches
the sheep and scatters them.”
 
John 10:11-12
 
Lord our God, we thank you for ruling us with your shepherd’s staff
so that again and again we can be refreshed and can delight in what you are doing for us. We thank you that we can have eager,
joyful faith even when sorrows come, looking again and again
to the good you give us. We are thankful and want to be thankful
always. May your will be done on earth as in heaven,
O that your kingdom may break in and everything may come right,
according to your great purpose. Amen.