Wednesday, November 4, 2009

You are not a sheep without a shepherd

Staying with the second section of the Thanksgiving Bible Lesson, I was struck this morning by the wonderfulness of Mark 6:34 which reads "And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things." I think I will make that my phone message today.

You are never helpless or hopeless or alone. Your Shepherd is beside you (see hymn 148) and caring for you in every way all day long. I studied the 23rd Psalm for a year and turn to it often in my own spiritual journey. This is what drew me to Christian Science, because it is the way I see God and have seen Him all my life. The religion I was raised in presented a punishing God, a God far removed from me, a God who could get angry at me. The first time I read Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy I cried when I came across her spiritual interpretation of this Psalm. It was exactly what I believed about Him. Divine Love.

A Good Shepherd is constantly thinking about his sheep. He prepares a day that meets their every need. He leads them to good pastures filled with tasty clover, a safe place where they can rest after the long walk into the hills. He sees that they have fresh water. He sings to them or plays music to soothe and calm. He watches over them and gently brings back those who stray. He protects them from enemies and danger. He leads them back to the fold in the evening, checking each one for any scratches or irritations, rubbing in pure olive oil. Then they get that cup of water before bedtime.

We are His sheep and He is caring for us just like that each and every day. We are never without His tender ministrations and guidance. You are being treated with compassion. God has given you dominion over all things. His law enforces this. Rejoice in your status as a treasured and valued member of His flock. Don't ever choose to identify yourself any other way.

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