The Web’s Leading Military Blog Since 2004
The Sheepdog’s Prayer
Growing up, I spent my summers on the farm here in Central Texas. Back then, we used horses to round up the cattle. We also keep sheep in our barn area where we keep old equipment. The sheep are good for keeping the grass and weeds down. To assist with rounding up and protecting the sheep we had a beautiful border collie named Tippie. I loved that dog and he was always happy to see me. These days we have a blue healer named Turbo that does the same job. These dogs would give their lives to keep the coyotes out of our sheep pastures.
That’s what sheepdogs do. They protect the sheep who go about their everyday lives without having to worry about anything. Our military, police officers, firefighters, EMT personnel and other first responders are said to be the sheepdog of America. And this is their prayer.
The Knights of Old were Men of Honor
Who used their Might For Right!
Today they’re known as Sheepdogs,
Those who carry on the fight.
I am a tired old Sheepdog,
The guardian of my flock.
I keep the predators at bay
And stand watch around the clock.
Please stop the Sheep from pulling my teeth.
I’ll need them for the fight,
When the hungry Wolves come calling
Some dark and deadly night.
I pray I’ll never need my gun,
But someday if I do,
May my cause be just!
My draw be quick!
And my aim be ever true!
Heaven holds a special place
For those who do the deed,
Defenders of the innocent
In their hour of need.
May the Sheep someday be grateful.
There’s a debt they can not pay
To the Sheepdogs who lay it on the line
Each and every day.
I am proud to be a Sheepdog.
I’ve done my very best.
I’ll stand my watch until my Maker
Calls me home to rest.
But when I meet St. Peter
There’s just one request I’ll make,
“Please let me spend Eternity
Standing guard at Heaven’s Gate”.
Lord, help us bring this ”Age of Sheep”
To a rapid end.
Then fill this land with Sheepdogs,
Men of Honor, once again.
This prayer is dedicated
To those who bravely face,
The dangers all around us,
To make our world a safer place.
To the soldiers, cops and warriors-
Sheepdogs through and through.
Thank you for your service
And your sacrifices too.