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Called by Name

Two lambs


During these troubling times, it can sometimes feel like we do not belong. In being disconnected from our communities and the lives we once knew, it is sometimes easy to believe the lie that we are lost or do not have a home. At a time when it is easy to feel separated, may we open our hearts and minds to be found by God and by others.


Belonging—my deepest longing, but who said the one sheep wanders?
Maybe it’s the 99 who sought conformity, idolizing uniformity,
though diversity thrives in difference
leaving the one with no choice but to find a new flock on the ridge.
Maybe the story ends just the same no less,
when I hear my name called in the dark
by the Beloved as I’m tangled to die in vines.
Great Shepherd, please find me.


When you feel separated or alone today, breathe the last line of the prayer: “Great (inhale) Shepherd (exhale), please (inhale) find (exhale) me (inhale). Amen (exhale).”

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