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Christ Is the Shepherd Strong

1. Christ is the Shepherd strong,
           whose flock is incomplete
    till welcomed outcasts all belong
           and foes in friendship meet;
    whose wounded hands of grace
           stretch out upon the Tree,
    embracing all the human race,
           and setting captives free.

2. Christ is the gentle Nurse
           who treats the wounds within
    of grief, abuse, addiction's curse,
           captivity, and sin;
    who sits beside us still
           to comfort, cleanse, and mend
    with wisdom, purity, and skill:
           our Healer and  our Friend.

3. Christ is the peaceful Prince,
           accepting pain and loss
    to break the spell of violence
           in anguish, on the Cross;
    who suffers and outlives
           our fear, revenge, and hate,
    till we forgive as God forgives,
           and better ways create.

4. Christ is the Teacher true,
           who leads, yet walks beside,
    to nurture gifts and visions new,
           suggest, correct, and guide;
    whose earthly life displays
           the depth of love divine;
    for whom our witness and our praise
           continue and combine.             

Brian Wren
Words © 2002 Hope Publishing Company

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Collections: |Christ Our Hope - Wren|

Scriptural Reference: Isaiah 9:6; Ezekiel 34:11-16; Luke 2:14; John 10:1-16, 12:32, 13:13; Acts 3:16, 10:38

Theme: Discipleship

Author(s): Wren, Brian (More Hymns | Biography)

Suggested Hymn Tune: IMAGES FOUR - Cooman, Carson P. (More Hymns | Biography)

Poetic Meter: 6.6.8.6.D. (Short Meter Double)

Date Uploaded: Fri Jul 15 00:00:00 2005

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