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The Urban Shepherd

We need to start living in such a way that we express to others our belief that the Resurrection has truly happened. Our urban shepherd walks with us in the busy streets of our global cities. When we say, “Emmanuel God with us, we are not talking about a historical, event that is past. But a present experience that continues now and everyday until the end of time. 

This means that even in our darkest moments of distress and deep sadness Emanuel walks with us in the empty lonely alleys of life’s disrupted landscapes. It is knowing and feeling his companionship that stills our anxiety and gives us confidence to breathe naturally. To trust implicitly and to walk humbly with our ever present companion.

 

God of the City,

Creator of Community

Urban Shepherd 

Guard the lonely tonight

Those who walk down 

Lonely streets dimly lit

Looking for comfort of any kind

Loneliness defines many a city dweller        

Everyone is busy

Like bees in a hive

No time to be

The plan is never questioned

Simply making money

Is the rule

But strangely never tasting the honey

To be a worker is to be a bee

To be the hive, not a single bee

Loneliness is best defined in a crowd

There you are hidden 

Homogenised 

Blocked in

Always behind someone else

Pushed aside  

Crushed like sheep in a pen

Woolly hats and mitts

Jostling together In the train

Its the rush hour pain

Going home

Alone 

Again

God of the City

Creator of Community

Urban Shepherd 

Guard the lonely tonight

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3     he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff—
    they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    my whole life long.

 
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