Many of you who read this will be going to church this weekend and will hear passages from Scripture that show God or Jesus as a shepherd. Indeed, for many this Sunday is a day often referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday. The image of Jesus with the sheep and the comfortable words of Psalm 23 which begins "The Lord is my shepherd," are familiar to us all, but can we also be shepherds?
The quick answer is yes. God does shepherding to be sure, but a priest or minister is often seen as the shepherd of their church. In a marriage, a spouse is sometimes thought of as a shepherd. Parents certainly are shepherds to their children. An older child is a shepherd to younger siblings. Teachers are shepherds to their students. An employer is a shepherd his employees. Actually anyone who in anyway leads anyone is shepherd of sorts. That leading can be quite comforting!
How wonderful it can be when someone takes the time to lead. This is one of those "making a difference" kinds of situations. It is very comforting to know where you belong and to know that someone is looking out for you. It's also quite rewarding to be the one doing that looking out. Let us be thankful for all the shepherds in our lives!