The Good Shepherd
Growing up in my home church one of my favorite paintings was of Jesus holding a lamb. “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (read John 10 v. 11 & 14-16.) As a child on the farm we did not have sheep but had a neighbor that did raise sheep. I remember feeding the lambs from a bottle and how soft they were, but what I really remember is their willingness and eagerness to follow.
We live in an unpredictable world, ever mindful of the bad things that may or could happen to us or those around us. The flock needs the shepherd to ward off those bad things. Because of the good shepherd we can find the world less frightening and a more livable place to be.
How great is God’s love for us. Jesus was the good shepherd sent to lead us into a life of faith and relationship with god, to teach us unconditional love and care for us. So let us remember that you and I are also asked by our Savior to feed and care for the lambs and flocks of the field.