we’re so far removed,most of us,from sheep and shepherdsthe Lord may as well be myblacksmith, or mytentmakerpeople still do those thingsbut they’re not so ubiquitous as they once weretentmakers & blacksmiths & shepherds are,you may be awareno longer part of everyday life***
but though we may not know shepherdsor tentmakers or blacksmithswe all know shadowswe all know deathwhat scares you?spiders, or snakesschool …or graduation?valleyswhat keeps you up at night?taxes? rent? grades?shadowwhat twists you up deep inside?divorce? unemployment?life-sapping illness?(your own, or a beloved’s)death***
it may not be today,but we live in the promisethat we’re not so far removedfrom the shepherdthat we’re not so far removedfrom the table prepared for uswe live with hope in the promisethat our soul will be grantedrespiterestreposerefreshmentrenewalthat we will be led besideand are not so far removed fromstill waterthat we are led besideand not so far removed fromthe living water springing up to eternal lifeThanks be to God.