– Tuesday 4th week of Easter –
“My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.” [John 10:27-28]
These are words that we can rest in. We are known. We have been gifted with eternal life. We are held safely in the hands of our Good Shepherd, the hands of the Father, and no one can take us from that place of safety and rest.
Even I cannot take myself from Jesus’ hands. To think that my frailty or weakness is greater than the love that holds me underestimates the power of his incredible mercy and love.
Let’s take some time today to position ourselves to hear the one who knows us better than we know ourselves. Bring your weariness, bring your griefs, bring your struggles and rest, held in his hands. He is the shepherd who heals, the one who leads us to greener pastures and quiet waters to refresh and restore our souls.
Like John, place your head on his heart and listen to his heartbeat. Like Mary, as she left the tomb, recognise him as he whispers your name and let go of the burdens you carry knowing that he will never let go of you.
Confident in the loving care of the Father we can then follow the voice of the shepherd wherever it may lead. Unafraid, even in the valley of the shadow, we can run forward trusting in the gift of life we have received.
by Christine Da Costa
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