Lenten Devotional: April 5

Psalm 119: 145-176; Psalm 128; Psalm 129; Psalm 130; Jeremiah 25:30-38;
Romans 10:14-21
; John 10:1-18

Then said Jesus unto them again, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. …I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” John 10:7, 14-16

I bought my husband a book for Christmas: Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling– a saucy irreverent look at life among the Brits. There is a great front cover photo of rolling hills and a sheep: full frontal face, eyes staring right at you. Maybe it was this distant bleat from across the pond that drew me to John’s passage about the good shepherd. Maybe it was because I and you and everyone have felt the wayward tug of green pasture, forgetting the dangers of wolf, fox, and rocks, and have strayed off the safe well-known paths, and found ourselves benighted, frightened and alone, crying out for rescue, reassurance, and sanctuary.

We can find ourselves when lost by listening for our Shepherd’s voice. It starts out quiet, but insistent, calling again and again until we hear and follow. It is filled with love and welcomes us back to the path and the way home. Jesus is the door, and the way, and the ever-present voice. Hear and follow.