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Angela Ashwin

Reflection for August


THE SHEPHERD

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall want for nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
and leads me beside still waters.
He will refresh my soul,
and guide me in the paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Psalm 23: 1-3

Shepherd of my soul,
find me again.

Anoint me
and show me the way.

Stay with me when it is dark.

Bring me to the quiet place beside still waters
where I may rest,
trusting in the ancient promise
of your steadfast love.

God asks us,
'Will you believe that I love you, without any reservations?
Will you trust me?
Will you let me be your strength?'

Joyce Rupp, 'May I Have This Dance?', Ave Maria Press, 1992, page 51

Expanded from the Meditation 'The Shepherd'  in 'Wait and Trust', Meditation14, page 42,
by Angela Ashwin. Published by Eagle,  1997.
This book and its sister volume 'Wait and See' are out of print, but illustrated copies are available second hand.
The CD Rom 'Wait and See' can be obtained from McCrimmons Publishers.