SAFELY BACK HOME
Read Ezekiel 34: 11-16
Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and
losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine
in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost
until he finds it? When he has found it, he
lays it on his shoulders and rejoices.
I’ve always found jogging to be a good way to spend time
with God. I have continued this practice during my Peace
Corps service here in West Africa.
Because I am new to the area, it has taken me a while to
become familiar both with my small village and the surrounding villages. Early one morning, during my third month of
service, I went jogging. After some distance, I decided to turn
back toward the village. With the sun rising on the horizon,
I could see my way fine; but when I came to a fork in the road,
I went the wrong way and ended up in an unfamiliar nearby
village. At first anxiety overwhelmed me, but a local woman
pointed me in the right direction. I walked for a while, but
then realized I still wasn’t sure where I was. Then, like a
shepherd, a villager on a horse showed me to the junction
that led toward my village.
As I was following my
newfound “shepherd,” I
thought about our Great
Shepherd who leads us
home to God when we are
lost. Now I don’t worry about getting lost, because I trust that
Christ will lead me home every time.
Prayer: Dear God, our Shepherd, when we become lost
on our journey, seek us and lead us home to your loving
Ashley Justice (The Gambia)
Prayer Focus: PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS
— Luke 15: 4-5 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
When I lose my way, God
will always lead me home.