Monday, January 2, 2017

Good News for a New Year

Photo: Cameron Taylor

Those faces;  fixed gaze, alert ears…..peering, discerning….My sheep know my voice……

That sky….gently waking, ethereal haze…Early will I seek thee…..Psalm 63:1

Naked trees….brown field…..To everything there is a season…..Ecclesiastes 3:1

Stopped….waiting…..they all heard it, the voice of the shepherd, their Shepherd..
 ..and the sheep hear His voice: and He calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when He putteth forth his own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him for they know His voice (John 10:3-4)
This rich beautiful photo drew me to John 10, familiar yet always new, always renewing.  
Jesus had spoken of having other sheep to bring into the fold, and, as always, the Jewish leaders railed at Him in complete disbelief. 
In this photo, I see the Gentiles overhearing the Good Shepherd’s discussion with the Jewish leaders, hanging, waiting for Him to speak the next word to them and lead them in the way they should go.
As we go into the new year, may we stop and listen and follow our Good Shepherd, remembering to encourage others along the way. Tell them of times of faithfulness in your life.  Tell them He loves them. Tell them He died and rose again for them. And find little ways to show them. Put feet to your faith; He'll provide the opportunities. In a world of bad news, let's share the Good News!

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