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.
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 >
Display Title: There Is A Need for ShepherdsFirst Line: There is a need for shepherdsTune Title: SHEPHERDS TODAYAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: 10.10.10.10 with refrainScripture: John 21:15-17Date: 1998Subject: Shepherds | Role in biblical times and today