Prayer: Our Father, we thank you and praise you for the mercy and grace that pursues us throughout our lives. We are like sheep, and we often go astray. Yet, in Christ, you have given us a Good and Faithful Shepherd that we can follow with great security and peace. He gives us all that we need and leads us to peace and safety because of his love for us. We thank you for causing us to proclaim, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” because you have rescued us from the land of misery and placed us in your pasture. Yet, there are times that we stray from that place of peace. Sometimes, we confess, we go our way instead of the way mapped and planned by the Savior. We are thankful that he seeks us and brings us back during those times. We thank you that he will comfort and guide us all our days and bring us to where you are in the New Heavens and New Earth. Forgive us, Father, for the ease in which we wander from your commands. Please help us to follow our Shepherd wherever he leads us. Please give us more of your grace today as we hear from him the preaching of your Word. We pray these things through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Psalm 23

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