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Let the shepherd be shepherded

Monthly theme: Identity

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Three quick thoughts…

First, nicely done. Lent means a lot of hard work. Thank you!

Second, remember that shepherding your flock through the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week and Easter is a messy business.

The idealized version that you had in mind for every little lamb in your flock was probably not very realistic. Your best laid plans could not have possibly come off the way you dreamed in your wildest dreams.

But if I know you, the Good News was proclaimed, the blessed meal was celebrated, the family of God shared expressions of love and mutual care. You were the Church together, and that’s no small thing.

Shepherding the flock is not quite herding cats, but it’s pretty close.

So this week, as you reflect on the past journey, remember…

There is grace.

One more thought. It’s your turn to be shepherded. Don’t forget that we love to call you “Pastor,” but you’re still Jesus’ little lamb.

What do YOU need? Still waters? Green pastures? Comfort? Restoration? Overflowing cup?

Take care of yourself. Let your Good Shepherd tend to you.

Did I mention: There is grace.

Thanks for reading.