Written by: Rachael Keefe

Green Pastures and Quiet Waters

kiddnappings and killings mudslides and makeshift cities conflicts and controversies war and wildfires violence and victims in the midst of all this a Good Shepherd who promises life abundantly to …

Green Pastures and Quiet Waters

2012-10-05 15.56.17

kiddnappings and killings
mudslides and makeshift cities
conflicts and controversies
war and wildfires
violence and victims

in the midst of all this
a Good Shepherd who promises
life abundantly
to all who enter by the Gate

I keep looking at that Gate
thinking I’m in safe pasture
wanting the Shepherd guide me
yet I am reluctant to let go
long enough to see my cup overflowing

now, though, I am tired enough to realize
it’s a good time to enter in
to be still and stop worrying
about saving others from treachery
or themselves or the brutality the world offers
sometimes to innocent ones

I will walk into the fold
claim a small space and allow
some shepherding in my own life

2014-05-02 18.42.39yes, today, I will stop pondering the Gate,
the Shepherd, the pasture and the world
and just be still and know

there’s plenty of room
maybe you, too, need to rest
beside quiet waters
and be restored

 

RCL – Year A – Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 11, 2014
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10

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About Rachael Keefe

Rachael is an author, a pastor, a teacher, and a poet. Her latest book (The Lifesaving Church - Chalice Press) is on faith and suicide prevention. She is currently the pastor of Living Table UCC in Minneapolis, and has launched a spiritual direction practice.

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