December 17th– The Shepherd with the Sheep
72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
and has remembered his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,
to grant us 74 that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
might serve him without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness
before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
Reflection (Jane Steinke):
I am a gymnastics coach. I help children improve and grow to become better gymnasts. I also am there to catch them if they fall, help them pull their hair back, and help them if they don’t feel brave. I’m more than just a coach– I’m a shepherd.
A shepherd protects their sheep. I think that God is our shepherd. God cares for each and every one of us in a unique way. God watches over us, is there when we fall, protects us, and has a plan for us. God cares about us so much that He gave His only son to live among us, like a shepherd lives among their sheep.
Sometimes, my kids don’t think I have a plan– but I do. I am there to protect them. I care about each of them. I watch them jump, and move, and fall. And I am with them when they need me.
Everyone has a shepherd in their own life. Someone that is thinking about you, praying for you, loving you, and comforting you when you’re afraid. Jesus is our shepherd– and we can be like him, and be shepherds for others, too.
Who are the shepherds in your life?
God of great care, help us walk through this season of life, give us friends to walk with along the way, and show us that you are with us, too, every step of the way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.