The Lord Be With You Today!
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
(Like sheep that, if unattended and left to themselves,
will wander off from each other and from the shepherd,
we, too, wander away and separate ourselves from each other
through competition and taking offense,
from those whom we need and with whom we are created to form community,
and we wander away and separate ourselves from the Shepherd
through rebellion and self-will,
under Whose provision and protection we exist
and with Whom we were created to be in relationship.
Like sheep that are foolish and unwise,
we recklessly allow ourselves to drift into areas of sin,
sometimes even walking boldly into those areas.
We hold grudges, we embrace anger and refuse to forgive,
we try to control others and situations to bend to our will,
we try to attain acclaim and status through our performance,
we try to protect ourselves with things and material goods,
and we repeatedly break the Ten Commandments,
if not literally, then for sure mentally.
In those places where we wander off into sin,
just like sheep that drift away from the security and protection of the flock
and, more importantly, of the shepherd,
we are unprotected, lacking guidance, without provision, and undefended
when we wander away from the Good Shepherd Who loves us.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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