With the dawn of a new church year, we have launched a new feature on our website, a weekly post of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for that week (Revised Common Lectionary).
*** Revised Common Lectionary ***
Lectionary Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
The God of Love My Shepherd Is
The God of love my Shepherd is,
and he that doth me feed;
while he is mine and I am his,
what can I want or need?
He leads me to the tender grass,
where I both feed and rest;
then to the streams that gently pass,
in both I have the best.
Or if I stray, he doth convert,
and bring my mind in frame,
and all this not for my desert,
but for his holy Name.
Yea, in death’s shady black abode
well may I walk, not fear;
for thou art with me, and thy rod
to guide, thy staff to bear.
Surely thy sweet and wondrous love
shall measure all my days;
and as it never shall remove,
so neither shall my praise.
*** This poem is in the public domain,
and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.
At that time the sheep called to him
From their wormy bellies, as they
Lay bloating in the field. He was
The schoolhouse hardly handsize
In a sky of flax.