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There Is A Need for Shepherds

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There is a need for shepherds in this place,
where pain and suffering wear a human face;
where hungry children stand outside the door,
and homeless families long for home once more.
There is a need for shepherds in this hour.
There is a need for Love to show its power!

There is a need for shepherds on this street,
where lonely strangers pass and do not meet;
where hopeless people wander in the night,
and wonder why life never turns out right.

There is a need for shepherds on this earth,
where young and old have lost their sense of worth;
where guilty people seek to place the blame
on others for their failures and their shame.

There is a need for shepherds everywhere.
We who have strayed like sheep must learn to care.
We who have known the Shepherd's love today
must shepherd one another in God's Way.

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns togethe… Go to person page >

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First Line: There is a need for shepherds
Title: There Is A Need for Shepherds
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1992)
Meter: with refrain
Language: English


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