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The Lord is NOT my shepherd

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Freyr icon by Shirl Sazynski

A Heathen Prayer

The Lord is not my shepherd.
He teaches not submission but resilience.
In the face of the impossible, there are no guarantees. Not even for Him.
But victory was never born without valor. Even love has a sacred price:
nothing worth striving for is easily won.
Trickster, sage, lover, father, brother, husband, nephew, son;
warrior and peace-maker, hunter and grower, slayer and slain:
Wise-one, show me the way
Not to follow but to be inspired
To both grow in worthiness and to recognize the abundant worth in others.
I am not a sheep, nor was I bred for docility:
I am a falcon, a hart, a wolf.


Freyr is literally one of the words for 'Lord' in old Norse. In other words, it's not just a well-known God's name but his title. One of Odin's many heiti (by-names and titles) is Herran-- also another word for 'Lord' with a warrior connotation. While both Gods are associated with kingship in Scandinavia, Freyr is mythically attributed inYnglinga Saga as the ancestor of the royal house of Sweden (much as Egyptian pharoahs claimed descent from or symbolic right to rule as inherited from Osiris-- which also means 'Sire').

Both the icon and prayer above were created by me.

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Illustrator. Writer. Wife of the Norse God Frey. A spaekona (a seer/shaman) for over a decade, Shirl Sazynski paints icons and tells stories revolving around myth. She also performs divination, consulting the Gods at staffandcup.com.

A frequent contributor to the pagan literary magazine Eternal Haunted Summer, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in volumes from Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Idunna magazine, Witches and Pagans, Sagewoman, Odin's Gift, several galleries and literary magazines, and a launched computer game.

More information about her art and writing can be found at: shirlsazynski.com.


  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Tuesday, 17 September 2013

    Cool picture, Shirl. It took me over half a century to realize that the 23rd Psalm only tells half the truth - the Good Shepherd may protect his flock, but to what end? So they can eventually be turned into lambchops and mutton. Ouch!

  • Cynthia Savage
    Cynthia Savage Wednesday, 18 September 2013

    Or to be fleeced.....maybe the televangelists have a point!

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