“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Of all the things I have been called or would call myself…shepherd would not be one. I don’t know any shepherds. Don’t recall ever talking to a shepherd. But the Bible does help me (as do a few movies and tv shows) to form in my mind what a shepherd is. What a shepherd ought to be.
What I do know from afar is that a shepherd watches over his flock, leading them to food, to safety. He cares for the sick as well as the strong. He protects them from predators and even from themselves. His flock is an extension of himself, valued and loved.
Christ is our Great Shepherd. Psalm 23:1-6 are great words for all us sheep –
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Today may you feel blessed and be a blessing to those you encounter.