Contemplative Life

“The Lamb is My Shepherd” a Poem

A reflection on the fullness of Jesus as our Good Shepherd in light of  Psalm 23John 10:1-18 Rev. 5, and Rev. 7:17.


“The Lamb is My Shepherd”

The Slain-Lamb Lord is also my Good Shepherd. 
What more could I want?
He makes me rest in his green grass of grace.
He quenches my thirst with his cool waters of mercy.
He restores my soul to its right place in him.
He leads me from my broad Dead End Highway
to his Right and Narrow Way
to make his name known.

It’s your voice I hear, 
your presence I cling to
as we travel through Death Valley’s shadow.
I’m safe with you because you know this Way all too well.
Your rod and staff fend off foes and
keep me close to your comfort.

My enemies scoff at (but secretly envy) the bread-and-wine feast
you prepare for me at a table overlooking the abyss.
You fill my cup to overflowing.
You soothe my wounds with your healing balm.

All my days your goodness and relentless love
will follow me like it follows you.

Today and forever I join the vast heavenly flock
that dwells in your presence.

We cry out:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

Questions for Reflection
  1. What words, phrases or images capture your attention or imagination?
  2. Can you express a need or desire that you long for the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd, to meet?
  3. How do you feel invited to respond?
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