Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How is Your Week?

Matthew 9:36 And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd.

This week has been difficult so far. Many of my friends are dealing with great loss. People who are close to them have died or are dying. Sometimes it breaks our hearts to watch people go through hard times because we want to help and are not sure what to do. If we could take away their pain and suffering we would but many times all we can do is be there and let them know how much we care. If we feel that way what must it be like for Christ to feel the pain and hurt of people all over the world who are struggling. This verse reminds us that Christ has such compassion. If love is such a great thing then loosing someone we love has to hurt. Jesus compared many of the hurting to sheep without a Shepherd. Without a Shepherd they have no hope. How long do you think these sheep would survive without a shepherd. They wouldn't. The Bible compares us to sheep. It is not a very flattering comparison. Let's face it sheep are just not that smart. They wonder off, get in trouble, can not fend for themselves and are the worst fighters in the animal kingdom. You have never seen a football team with a sheep as a mascot. Sheep strike fear in the hearts of no one . They are very timid, shy, defenseless. Jesus feels great compassion for us. The best decision we can make is to allow Him to be our Shepherd. I hope each one of us can say, like King David, " The Lord is MY Shepherd." I find great comfort in that during times like this week.

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