#Advent 5 follow the shepherd

christmas 3Our home computer opens up to the website http://www.365promises.com/ and today’s promise comes from Psalm 100:

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

It was also the opening words of my morning prayers today. What a comfort these words are. We do not travel alone. We do not need to fear the attack of wolves,  because God has made us, we belong to him. He hasn’t just made us and cast us on some cosmic rubbish tip in favour of the next best thing, (that being what humanity can be so fond of doing) instead he has called us his people. He is our shepherd,  he leads us and protects us.

And this isn’t just for the easy times. As Psalm 23 says:

Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.

The Lord really is our shepherd. It must have been such a difficult journey for Mary and Joseph as they headed to Bethlehem, and then after the birth of Jesus having to flee to Egypt. The Christmas story is full of hardship as well as joy. Which means it perfectly mirrors our lives. As we continue our journey to the coming of Christ, let us remember that he knew and knows what it means to have sorrow, but because he came to us, we can rejoice that we can be his people. His grace is available to us all and as we acknowledge that he is the Lord our God, we find that Jesus is also our shepherd, guiding us through dark places and light as we journey ever closer to him.

Another advent craft for you:

Good shepherd sheep cupcakes:

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