14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep know me. 15 They know me just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I give my life for the sheep.
Yesterday, in fact this past week, I was painfully unaware that today is Good Shepherd Sunday on the Christian calendar. The 4th Sunday of Eastertide. And I was responsible for the children’s sermon at my church this morning. And I was going to talk about sunflower seeds…
Hello?!?! Something else was right under my nose, actually prancing around my legs as I type, sort of tippy-toeing around the kitchen wondering where her bottle is…something that “baa’s!”
So I changed my plan for the kids at church.
Now how, I wonder, did I not realize this before this morning? Was someone trying to pull the wool over my eyes? Honestly? The Parable of the Sower is NOT the Good Shepherd story. Hmmmm….
Instead, the children got the John 10:11 -18 Good Shepherd message and they got the lamb, too.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.