Daily Worship

Binding up the injured

March 22, 2013 0

Ezekiel 34: 11-16

​“‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.  As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.  I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.  I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.  I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord.  I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.

​Lord there are many wounds and many wounded

Injury, hurt and brokenness is a reality in many lives.

Grant me your compassion to tend the wounds of those who are my neighbour.

Grant your church your compassion to be a hospital-place 

where you bind up the wounds, heal and restore lives broken, souls crushed.

As I journey through this day may I know and share in the grace of your ministry of binding up the injured.

May I lead, attentive to others in their brokenness…

 

[pause and wait in God’s presence]

 

 

Renew us by your Holy Spirit,

that I may lay down my life for you and for my neighbour

and proclaim your love

through Jesus Christ, the good Shepherd. Amen.