BY STILL WATERS
Jesus said, “I am the good
shepherd. I know my own
and my own know me.”
Once when I was out walking after a heavy thunderstorm,
I saw some sheep desperate to get away from flood waters and
onto higher ground. But they were obstructed by deep water
in front of the gate. Scared and bleating loudly, they started to
panic, running around in circles.
Soon I saw the shepherd rushing toward the sheep. She
shouted and they stopped running, reassured by her familiar
voice. She put planks over the water and walked across to the
group of sheep. She spoke to them softly the entire time, and
they became quiet and calm. It appeared that they knew from
experience that they could trust their shepherd. She urged
the nearest ewe to walk with her across the wooden path to
the safety of higher ground. The other sheep watched, and
they too began to follow. Soon they had all followed the shepherd and were safely away
from the dangerous waters.
reminded me of the way
Jesus, our Good Shepherd,
comes running when we call
and walks with us through stormy waters. Jesus Christ will
always lead us on the right path.
Prayer: Dear God, hear us when we cry out, and help us to
trust that you will lead us to where we should be. Amen.
Pam Lewis (Essex, England)
Prayer Focus: SHEPHERDS
— John 10: 14 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
Christ hears my cry and will
lead me to safety.