One of my many job descriptions is shepherd. It is pretty scary job description for all of us. If you are reading this then there is a good chance that means you are a part of the flock. I’m not sure I like being called a shepherd anymore than you like being called a sheep.
However, part of a shepherd’s role is to lead, guide, protect, and care for the sheep. That’s a job I enter into every morning with great humility, awe, and seriousness. Yet, it is scary because I know I get it wrong, I know I too am broken, and I know I too am prone to wander.
So this weeks proclamation from Jesus, “I am the good shepherd” is pretty important for all of us. The Lord is our Shepherd; Jesus is our protector, our comforter, and our guide. Each and every week I try and guide folks towards the good shepherd the best way I know how, and that is usually in a gathered community around a table. I hope you will make it a priority to be at worship this week as we follow the good shepherd, gather around a table, and welcome a few more to our flock.