I was on a train in the Yorkshire Dales of Britain. We stopped on a trestle overlooking a large valley. Below was a young shepherd and dog, leading sheep through a gate from one large pasture to another. It may be the only time I ever see a shepherd at work.
As the dog circled, the shepherd gently urged the sheep onward. I felt this shepherd and flock knew each other well. The sheep weren’t afraid nor rushed as they went from one field to another. They seemed to know what awaited them-fresh grazing land, ample water and safety.
The familiar Psalm 23 brings comfort, joy and hope. It speaks of a trusting relationship with a caring and loving God. In the midst of our fast-paced life, it promises peace and contentment.
For those who have walked the dark valleys of life, there is the assurance that God is with them. There is no need to fear. For those in want, the promise beckons of a cup overflowing with God’s love.
It’s peaceful and restoring, knowing that goodness and mercy can follow us all the days of our lives, and that we can dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
We praise you, Good Shepherd, for the new life you make possible for us. Amen. — JRG