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Soul Shepherd
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By Peter O
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Soul Shepherd

"I am the Good Shepherd." John 10:11


Your Son, Jesus,
Takes in His Hand
The shepherd's staff,
Leaves His Heaven-Hut and
Eyes His flock.

Not as a money-worker is He,
No, He gives all,
All the Breath of His Life
To His sheep, to me.

Yes, Jesus is my soul's Shepherd --
He minds my soul always, walks ahead of me,
Guides me
Through the lonely regions,
Climbs with me
Over the craggy and steep mountains
With their thorns and rough rocks.

Yes, Jesus is my Shepherd --
He grace-feeds my soul
With pastures from fine soil,
Nourishes me in winter stalls,
Fills me with the Bread of Life.

Yes, Jesus is my Shepherd --
He watches over me, my Sentry,
Fends off sin's snarling wolf packs,
Shields me from demon theirves.

But, most of all, through grace,
He guards my soul
From my vulterous will.

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Submitted: Monday, April 30, 2012

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

About the Poet
I am 79 years of age. For the past nine years I have been retired, after forty years, from the field of alcoholism and drug abuse in New York City. I am married and we have two grown sons and two grand-sons. My life changed through a grace-experience in 1967. Writing Christian prayers is a particular interest of mine. This came about by a growing awareness of the spiritual in recovery from addictions. I choose, intellectually and emotionally, to believe the Triune God of the Sared Scriptures as my Healer.

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