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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The King of love my shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
and he is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow
my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow,
with food celestial feedeth.

     Henry Williams Baker’s “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”
     from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Reflection
There are few hymns more beautiful than “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” If you are like me, as soon as you read the words of this beautiful hymn, you hear the melodious, slightly melancholy tune playing in your head.

Shepherds do not evoke for us today the powerful symbolism that they did for early Jews and Christians. We find images throughout the Bible of God as our shepherd, and so although those of us who are city dwellers may have only seen sheep at the farm in the zoo, we now associate caring for this animal with our loving, nurturing God’s care for us.

“The King of love my shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never; I nothing lack if I am his and he is mine forever.” The book of 1 John reminds us that God is love and those who love know God.

So remember this day where love comes from. An amazing love, an abundant love, a love that reaches out to you, no matter who you are or what you have done. God’s goodness faileth never. Thanks be to God!

Prayer
Everlasting God, you nurture, sustain, and feed us. Open us up to feel your presence and power. Transform us to care for each other the way you love and care for us. In the name of Jesus, our good shepherd, we pray. Amen.

Written by Liz Nickerson, Family Ministry Coordinator


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