Sunday May 3rd, Psalm 23: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. A shepherd is one who watches out for the sheep. Sheep, and that would be you and I, are the ones who tend to wander. In this psalm of comfort we hear that the Lord is watching out for us. In that we can put our hope and faith. Even when we wander off, the good shepherd is there to bring us back into the community, into the fold. No matter where you go in life, no matter how far you wander, no matter how much you might try to deny the shepherds existence, the good shepherd is there, always watching out for us and working us back into the fold. It is grace. The reason we are in the fold, and brought back to the fold is so the Shepherd can move us onto new pastures. That is mission. The purpose of Grace is mission and the message of mission is Grace. Of this the world has a great need.


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