Skip to main content

The Shepherd: A Poem by Lori Luhrman

The Shepherd

Their little hands 
search for me,
   hands covered with
Their little feet
While their eyes 
roam the halls
   in pursuit of me.
protect me,”
   they demand.

My hands 
search for  him,
   hands covered with
      peanut butter.
My feet move
While my eyes
   scan for signs of him.
comfort me,”
   I whisper.

I find them,
   hold them,
      abide with them.
He finds me,
   holds me,
      abides with me.

Lori and her husband, Chris, have been members of Northside Church for a little over two years. She attempts working from home while being a mom to Aliana, Matías, and a cat named Dobby. Lori particularly enjoys Northside Church because "everyone there feels like family."


  1. Thank you Lori for sharing this with us. After last night's Northside group conversation this poem is timely and even more beautiful to me. Oh how I need to be found, too, in the midst of the needs and demands pressing in all around me. thank you for this invitation to look for Him.

  2. What a joy to witness the breadth of gifts the Lord has given our church. Thank you for sharing this, Lori. Such beautiful images to remind us of the care of a loving Father, and how we are called to model that love, however imperfectly, for our own children.

  3. Lori my heart applauds and my fingers snap in response to your poem. Gooey, peanutbutter fingers hold faster than perfectly clean ones to God's unchanging hand anways ;-)

  4. Thank you Lori for your wonderful poem. I believe if you add music, this will be a hit song.

  5. Lovely and real. Thank you, friend.

  6. Love love love love this. -Nikki


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The ARC of Racial Justice - a Reflection and Exhortation from Pastor Matt Lorish

Here we are again. The video footage of Ahmaud Arbery is all over social media. It is a time for lament and a time for righteous anger. I write this blog post as a continuation to the initial posts offered by Northside Church members. My aim in this post is to help my fellow white brothers and sisters think about where we go from here. At the close of Jemar Tisby’s book, The Color of Compromise , he introduces a framework that he calls the A.R.C. of racial justice. Using Jemar’s framework, I’d like to humbly offer some application points that I think are important for me and my fellow white sisters and brothers at Northside Church to move towards. I also write this as a Christian pastor. Christians of all ethnicities are Bible people. The end-game for us isn’t just racial justice. The end-game for us is conformity to Jesus and honoring Him. Racial injustice is one of the areas in which we need God’s Spirit to change us, grow us and conform us (Rom 12:2, 2 Cor 3:18). My prayer is

What is This? - A reflection by Christine Bor

“What is this?”, I demand, frustrated that God would allow this. “What is this?”, I cry, in anguish that God would allow this. “What is this?”, I sigh, exhausted that God would allow this. What is this thing that disrupts me from my day, my life, my comfort, my routine? What is this thing that once again disproportionately affects marginalized communities who have experienced the systemic oppression of food and housing insecurity and healthcare inequality for centuries? What is this thing that exposes and highlights the compounding of racial disparities and blatant prejudices? Manna is manhu, which in Hebrew translates to “What is this.” It’s an honest and brutal question. The Israelites were starving in the desert and when God gave them something to eat, they had the audacity to ask, “What is this?” But here I see the same audacity creep into my heart, my thoughts, my prayers. I question everything He places in my life and instead question, “What is this? How dare you

I have all that I need - Charity's reflection

What a gift to listen to one of the ways the Holy Spirit invited Charity Smith to respond to His Word and to create. Close your eyes and enjoy a sweet gift from our sister. You will lead me You will guide me You have goodness in store for me I have all that I need I have all that I need I have all that I need, in You. In You.