Light a candle. Ask the children to settle and concentrate on the flame.
These words were written by someone who had been through a very difficult time in his life. When he looked back, he saw how God had looked after him. The writer is thinking that God is like a shepherd, who cares for us, the sheep, and uses a rod and a staff to help keep the sheep safe.
Read these words from Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you, Lord God, are with me.
Your rod and your staff – they comfort me.
Heavenly Father, when we go through dark and difficult times,
help us to do all that we can to care for one another,
and support one another.
We think of all those who are ill at the moment,
those we know and those we don’t.
Help them to get better quickly.
And be with all those who work in hospitals, health centres and in the community, helping us to be healthy and well.
We also remember all those working to overcome illness
and diseases in the world.
We thank you for them.
'The King of Love' (Come and Praise, 54)
'Father, hear the prayer we offer' (Come and Praise, 48)