Prayer: Caring God, may we see your love in unexpected places today. Amen
Reading: Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Did you do a double-take? Reading today's title and seeing where the scripture text is from - a devotion about the Good Shepherd coming from Ezekiel? Not Jesus, in the Gospel of John, calling himself the Good Shepherd. Not the most expected shepherd reference from Psalms (23). Read Ezekiel 34: 11-16 at least. The reference to the Good Shepherd is there.
It is said Ezekiel developed the image of God as a shepherd with more detail than any other author in the Bible. Others may have known that but I was surprised. Ezekiel's imagery had particular impact for people who herded sheep for a living. For us, it reminds us again of our God who cares.
Where will you see God's shepherding love today? --Ruth Gates
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