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John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
The reality is different. Sheep are dirty, and they smell bad. Ancient Israel didn’t have much in the way of perfect, green grass. Shepherds had to contend with stupid sheep, not to mention dangerous predators. It was not a glamorous life. So what should we hear when Jesus says he is our shepherd?
Jesus will get into the thick of it with us. He will bring us home when we wander. He won’t give up on us. He will help us fight off the assaults of the devil. In short, he loves us in a real and tangible way.
MOVING FORWARD: Look at your groceries and see if there are ways to buy locally produced foods as an act of care for creation.