good shepherd, he

Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd.”

The pastor reminded us that when sheep wander off, they rarely find their way home.  Instead, the shepherd goes after the wandering sheep.  He said … I came to seek and to save …

Do you hear it?
Do you know it?
That still small voice –
The voice of love
It’s calling you
Calling me, come –
To forests deep
Through waters calm
Down sunlit paths
In deep, dark pits
But always safe
Our leader’s care
His grip, fierce love
For us, his sheep
Good Shepherd, he.
~ Original, 2009

Can you imagine a giddy God –
Head over heels in love with you?
His happy face, crinkled smiling eyes
Calling I love you, love you true!
~ Original, 2009

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.  He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.  He renews my strength.  He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.  The Lamb at the center of the throne will be my shepherd; he will lead me to springs of living water! ~ Psalm 23:1-3, Revelation 7:17

Gilmore is quoted as saying, “God’s leadership is the one significant fact in human experience, that it makes no difference how we are led, or whither we are led, so long as we are sure God is leading us.”

He leadeth me, O blessèd thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, over troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.

Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.

And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.
~ Joseph Gilmore

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