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Weekly Devotion: The Good Shepherd
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Last week my friend Eric and I joined a group of pastors for a 1400 mile motorcycle trip around Colorado. Our goal was to visit other pastors across the state, hear their stories, and pray for them. As we chatted with church leaders, we heard the same story again and again: Leading congregations in these days of Covid, economic turmoil, political unrest, and social division is terribly difficult. One pastor shared through tears how hard he was working to keep his church unified.

Our pastoral motorcycle gang followed a route over Lizard Head Pass outside of Ouray. Near Sheep Mountain, we stopped for photos and were surprised to see a lone sheep in the meadow. It looked at us pathetically as if asking, “Will you take me home?”

No sheep should be alone in the middle of the mountains, especially at night. It reminded me of the famous passage in the Bible about the good shepherd, Psalm 23. In verse 14 you read, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” What an incredible reminder that no matter how dark the road we walk, God is always near.

I remember many years ago reading to my toddler son Wes as he sat on my lap. At some point in the story Wes would reach up and grab hold of my ear. I would always chuckle in the moment, but in hind site I realize that Wes, who couldn’t see me, was really just making sure I was still there.

We don’t always see God or hear him. We may even feel like he’s far away, particularly in days like these. But hear me on this: The Good Shepherd is always within arm’s reach.

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