All we like sheep have gone astray,
we have turned –every one– to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Human beings are stubbornly independent creatures craving self-determination: we want to decide everything for ourselves. As much as we might like the comfort of being part of the flock, there are times when we make a break for it and go our own way, even if it means risking getting lost, hungry or harmed.
It is chaos when we choose to ignore the call of the shepherd, when we refuse to be found when being sought, if we struggle to be free if picked up and carried back.
Lost and scattered, mere coyote-bait if left to our own devices, we are undeserving of a shepherd who willingly gives his life to lead us safely home.
Yet we have just such a shepherd. He calls our name and we know His voice.
And so we shall follow Him.
He tends his flock like a shepherd
“What a simple verse,” most people would say. But though this verse is small, it has a big meaning.
When I read “shepherd” in the Bible, I think of comfort, especially when it is picturing Jesus. The “he” in this verse is talking about Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Right now this verse comforts me because on the news I heard about all the strife and shootings in the world. The Good Shepherd is with me.
A shepherd herds his sheep and leads them in the right path. There is a song we are singing in our school’s spring program that goes like this:
In this world of fear and doubt
With temptations all about
Hold to my hand
Dear Lord I pray
Let me put my faith in Thee
Till the homeland I shall see.
Lord, lead me on from day to day.
Lord, do lead us on. Lead us in the right path and let us know that everything is for good. Tend us like a shepherd.
–Noa Lovegren, age 11