“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. When the hired hand sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away. That’s because he isn’t the shepherd; the sheep aren’t really his. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. He’s only a hired hand and the sheep don’t matter to him. “I am the good shepherd. I know my own sheep and they know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. I give up my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that don’t belong to this sheep pen. I must lead them too. They will listen to my voice and there will be one flock, with one shepherd. “This is why the Father loves me: I give up my life so that I can take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I give it up because I want to. I have the right to give it up, and I have the right to take it up again. I received this commandment from my Father.”
Food For Thought:
“Physicists today are pointing out that our sun is one of millions of suns in our galaxy and our galaxy is one of more than 150 billion galaxies. Our God is a God of 150 billion-plus galaxies! And when I think about that, my mouth gapes open in awe. Yet God’s greatness is not the most awesome discovery. The most awesome is what we learn from revelation — that the God of 150 billion-plus galaxies care about me, about you, grains of sand on an endless seashore. That, you see, is what the whole of revelation tells us, that God, the God of this vast universe, loves us with an infinite love. ‘While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. That proves God’s love,’ the Apostle Paul put it.” ― From Spiritual Preparation for Christian Leadership by Glenn Hinson
God of 150 billion galaxies, thank you for loving me and each of your children! Thank you for stretching over the bigness of the galaxies and still caring for me. Your love is infinite. Your love is intimate. Thank you for a love I can hardly begin to comprehend. Amen.