Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me

I was about to fall asleep the other night when a childhood memory came pouring into my mind about the night prayers I used to say with my mother before bed each night. I hadn’t thought about it in ages and, word for word, just about all the words were in my mind. Peaceful, happy memory!

Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me

Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me;
Bless Thy little lamb tonight;
Through the darkness be Thou near me;
Watch my sleep till morning light.

All this day Thy hand has led me,
And I thank Thee for Thy care;
Thou hast clothed me, warmed and fed me,
Listen to my evening prayer.

Let my sins be all forgiven;
Bless the friends I love so well;
Take me, when I die, to Heaven,
Happy there with Thee to dwell.

Mary L. Duncan (1814-1840)

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