1. Susan Schmidt

    The Good Shepherd


    Jesus, the Good Shepherd, watches over His flock as He keeps an eye in the distance for prey that may attack His sheep. He smiles as He watches the lambs frolic together and romp joyfully.

    The time to move the flock has arrived and He stoops to pick up one of the smaller lambs that isn’t able to keep up with the others. He tenderly holds the lamb over His heart and looks into its eyes. He speaks softly to the lamb, who knows the Shepherd’s voice and isn’t afraid. Jesus gently embraces the lamb and begins to slowly walk as the flock falls into place behind Him. He is holding the lamb in one arm and with His other hand He carries His staff to keep the flock in order. He moves slowly through the green grass that is softly blowing in the breeze and watches His flock to keep them from harm. The lamb in His arm softly baas as it nestles even closer to its Shepherd.

    Jesus sees one of the sheep beginning to stray and extends His staff to pull it back with the others as He continues on His way. The sounds of the sheep baaing to each other and the whispers of the grass as they move through it fill the air. Jesus approaches  a stream and gently lowers the lamb so that it may join the others as they drink. His watchful eye continually moves over the flock to ensure that they are all safe and haven’t wandered far from Him.

    Our Good Shepherd watches over us as a shepherd watches his sheep. He wants us to come to Him so that He can embrace us to give us whatever we may need – love, comfort, encouragement, peace, or rest. He looks at us tenderly and watches over us and at times He may extend his staff to pull us back to Him. He wants to lead us into green pastures to give us rest and the flowing water of His Holy Spirit to restore our souls.

    Turn to Jesus, the Good Shepherd, today and step into His presence. Walk into His arms to find His peace and rest.


    Thank You for watching over me in Your loving way. May I be still to bask in Your presence and to listen for Your voice as You lead me. May I drink in Your Holy Spirit that You will fill me completely as I turn to reenter my busy life. Thank You for Your goodness, mercy, and peace.

    In the precious name of Jesus,


    He tends His flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lams in His arms and carries them close to Hi heart; He gentle leads those that have young. – Isaiah 40:11

    “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.” – John 10:11

    “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,” – John 10:14

    For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes. – Revelation 7:17