Monday, January 23, 2012
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Day 7
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DAY 7 Theme: Changed by the Good Shepherd. Readings: 1 Samuel 2: 1-10 Not by might does one prevail. Psalm 23 You are there with your rod and staff. Ephesians 6: 10-20 Be strong in the Lord. John 21: 15-19 Feed my sheep.
Prayer: Father of all, You call us to be one flock on Your Son Jesus Christ. He is our Good Shpeherd who invites us to lie down in green pastures, leads us beside still waters, and restores our souls. In following him, may we so care for others that all see in us the love of the one true Shpherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever and ever. Amen.Questions for reflection: 1. How does the Good Shepherd inspire us to comfort, revive, and restore the confidence of those who are lost? 2. In what ways can Christians of various traditions strengthen each other in confessing and bearing witness to Jesus Christ? 3. For us today, what can be the meaning of St. Paul's exhortation: "Be strong in the Lord...put on the whole armour of God"?