The psalmist proclaims that since God is their shepherd,
“I shall lack nothing.”
Yet in our here and now, we lack much; we want much.
We pray for the future in which all will be satisfied –
when your abundant life, O God, restores and transforms all Creation.
In the meantime, we pray for those we know are in need –
and for those whose needs we do not know,
those who do not know how to ask for what they need.
In the meantime, we give thanks that you walk alongside us,
shepherding us across valleys of despair
and holding our hand in the midst of our oppressors.
Friends, I invite you to lift up your joys and concerns,
in spirit or out loud.
[Offer up prayers however you typically do.]
Our trust, Shepherd God, is in you.