Today's Lectionary Text
John 10:3b-5The sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. Whenever he has gathered all of his sheep, he goes before them and they follow him, because they know his voice.
A while back I was at a friend’s house with my dog, Nico. My friends have chickens, and Nico went into her born nature of barking and running around them. A part of the Mountain Cur breed is herding. I was amazed as I watched Nico running around barking out orders, and the chickens were obeying her!
When I think about this natural action for Nico, I get tickled as I wonder how many of us Jesus would say is “barking” just to be heard? I’m sure I’m one of them! As I stood amazed at Nico herding the sheep, I stand amazed at how the Great Shepherd knows my voice. In the same way I strive to always hear the voice of The One who calls me out of my wandering. Hearing His voice is the best comfort to my soul.
Hearing His voice at times, is not as easy as hearing Nico barking orders to the chickens. Jesus calls us out of His love and compassion as we follow Him through the ordinary of life. The breath calls us – the power of breathing life – calls us to follow Him.
We don’t have to go around barking like Nico for Jesus to hear us – all we have to do is recognize the voice of The One who is calling us.
The power of breathing life – calls us to follow Him.
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator
Prayer for Reflection
Great Shepherd, thank you for calling us by name. May we listen to Your voice and come when You call us. Amen.
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