The Good Shepherd

“He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11

As a Texas girl who grew up on a ranch, I can’t tell you the number of times we had to bottle-feed a lamb. Sometimes when a lamb was born, the mother wouldn’t make it, or the mom, for whatever reason, would reject the lamb, refusing to let it nurse. In those cases, we would have to step in or the lamb would die. During the winter months, a lot of those lambs slept in the house with us. We would make a pallet on the floor to keep the lamb warm during those cold nights, and my sister, brother, and I would often sleep next to it.

Our heavenly Father takes even more care with us. Isaiah writes that He “tends his flock like a shepherd.” The Good Shepherd shows care and concern for each and every lamb. When we are too weak or tired to walk, He “carries us close to his heart.” He leads us “gently,” protecting and sheltering us from harm. During this Christmas season, find comfort and rest in the arms of the Good Shepherd.

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