We cry out to you this day, naming those who need your healing touch, your comforting presence, your reassuring word. Hear our prayers, we pray, and make us agents of healing in your name.
You yourself are the Shepherd, God, looking for your sheep ... going after them ... rescuing them. Rescue your people from the places where they have been scattered by the storms of life, we pray. From poverty and piousness, from addiction and idol worship, from hopelessness and fear, Good Shepherd, bring them home to the security of your grace.
You yourself are the Shepherd, God, leading your people along streams and feeding them in lush pastures. Lead your people now, we pray, away from the chaos and tyranny of our over-scheduled lives, from the insanity we have imposed upon ourselves in our day to day lives and especially over the holidays, and from our despair in the midst of the pain that surrounds and infiltrates our beings. Feed us in the pastures of calm, and restore to us the joy of your salvation.
You yourself are the Shepherd, God, doctoring the injured, building up the weak, and overseeing the strong. Be present with those who are hurting, we pray. Place your healing hand upon those who are in physical, emotional, and spiritual pain, restoring them to complete wholeness and health, body, mind, and spirit.
Hear also our prayers for those whom we name below ... those whose names are in our hearts and on our minds. In addition, hear our prayers for those whose names we do not know. Surround them with your steadfast love. Touch them with your infinite mercy. Fill them with a peace that passes all understanding.
In Jesus' name we pray,