Sheep that gather nightly for safety in the sheepfold are aware when the person who care for them enters. This person they will follow. If a thief or robber enters, the sheep appear unaware of that presence. So, the good shepherd knows his sheep and is known by his sheep. The touch of the shepherd reassures the flock; they know that this person would give his life for them.
This past week has brought tragedy with the dying and injury of many individuals from the Boston bombing, the West fertilizer explosion, and the Chinese earthquake. A good shepherd would take all the victims, dead or alive, and touch and hold them in his arms. We are God’s people and must react accordingly. We must hold and lift our voices in prayer about the tragedies. This also provides an opportunity for us as individuals to behave in a Christ-like manner by sending food and funds to restore the joy of life to the victims.
So much good can come from tragedies. The first responders in each event rushed in without thought of their own safety to aid the wounded. Police and people in the marathon crowd turned immediately to aid the injured. All the residents of the West nursing home were rushed out by individuals so save their lives. Many in China turned back to the carnage before them to save the injured. These responders hear the shepherd’s voice telling them to tend to those who needed help. Regardless of the dangers present in each venue good people stepped forward. Member of the congregation have the opportunity to respond by sending funds to aid in the relief for the Boston and West incidents.
Pastor recommended member view the movie: Lincoln. The movie takes place during the president’s second term. When Lincoln conversed with individuals he would touch each person as he spoke...just as God speaks to each of us when we are troubled.
The strategy which Lincoln clarifies in the movie is that if one makes his enemy his friend, he can thus defeat his enemy. When we have issues with others, we should remember the advantage of making our enemies our friends. The last enemy of each one is death but by faith neither life nor death can defeat us.