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The Good Shepherd


“I am the Good Shepherd,” Jesus says in John 10:14. “I know my own and my own know me.” What a comfort to know that God hears our voice, but if Jesus/God is the good shepherd, how do we know when we hear God’s voice? For some of us God’s voice is plain and audible, just as if we were speaking from one human to another.

For others of us, God speaks to us through other people or nature. For others of us still, God speaks to us through art or a multitude of other ways. Perhaps God speaks to us in several different ways each time. For some of us, tears well up in our eyes when we feel a strong presence of God and sense that God is trying to communicate something to us in that time, in that place. For others of us it still remains a mystery and we are trying to figure out how God speaks to us.


Ultimately, God wants a relationship with us – individually and as humanity. Being in relationship with God is like being in a relationship with other people or with our pets. We have to work hard at those relationships. To be in a good relationship with someone, there is mutual giving and receiving.


Relationships change over time. Trust is built, sometimes there is pain, and hopefully there are many more times of joy and fulfillment. Relationships change when someone moves to a different city or takes a job with another company. Time spent communicating is important whether it be on the phone, e-mailing, texting, chatting, talking using a web camera. A lot of work and sacrifice has to be made to maintain a relationship. In regards to pets, they need to be fed, cuddled, and petted in order for a good mutual relationship.


Our relationship with God is much the same. We have to work at our relationship with God. The difference in that relationship is that God will never leave or forsake us. God remains faithful. We can work on our relationship with God through prayer, through reading the Bible, through devotional times, through journaling, through taking a walk-in nature or in town, just being still in the presence of God. We can be in relationship with God through song or playing our favorite musical instrument. The possibilities are endless.


How is your relationship with God? Are you in tune with what God is trying to say to you in this time and this place? The good news is that even when we falter on our part of the relationship, God sticks with us. Even when we, like sheep stray, God seeks to bring us back to the fold. Thank God for such a Good Shepherd am the Good Shepherd,” Jesus says in John 10:14. “I know my own and my own know me.” What a comfort to know that God hears our voice, but if Jesus/God is the good shepherd, how do we know when we hear God’s voice? For some of us God’s voice is plain and audible, just as if we were speaking from one human to another.


For others of us, God speaks to us through other people or nature. For others of us still, God speaks to us through art or a multitude of other ways. Perhaps God speaks to us in several different ways each time. For some of us, tears well up in our eyes when we feel a strong presence of God and sense that God is trying to communicate something to us in that time, in that place. For others of us it still remains a mystery and we are trying to figure out how God speaks to us.


Ultimately, God wants a relationship with us – individually and as humanity. Being in relationship with God is like being in a relationship with other people or with our pets. We have to work hard at those relationships. To be in a good relationship with someone, there is mutual giving and receiving.


Relationships change over time. Trust is built, sometimes there is pain, and hopefully there are many more times of joy and fulfillment. Relationships change when someone moves to a different city or takes a job with another company. Time spent communicating is important whether it be on the phone, e-mailing, texting, chatting, talking using a web camera. A lot of work and sacrifice has to be made to maintain a relationship. In regards to pets, they need to be fed, cuddled, and petted in order for a good mutual relationship.


Our relationship with God is much the same. We have to work at our relationship with God. The difference in that relationship is that God will never leave or forsake us. God remains faithful. We can work on our relationship with God through prayer, through reading the Bible, through devotional times, through journaling, through taking a walk-in nature or in town, just being still in the presence of God. We can be in relationship with God through song or playing our favorite musical instrument. The possibilities are endless.


How is your relationship with God? Are you in tune with what God is trying to say to you in this time and this place? The good news is that even when we falter on our part of the relationship, God sticks with us. Even when we, like sheep stray, God seeks to bring us back to the fold. Thank God for such a Good Shepherd!

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Rev. Julie Yoder Elmore
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