Wednesday, October 23, 2013

He guides us safely...Promises for the Wilderness #10

I love the image of Jesus as my shepherd; safe, secure, tended to gently, guided, sought for when lost, watched over and spoken to...

Then Jesus told them this parable:
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. 
Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—
and I lay down my life for the sheep.  
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. 
I must bring them also. 
They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.


The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I 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 have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,  
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Psalm 23 

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