Roman citizens had the absolute assurance of safe travel to any part of the known world. All a Roman had to say when traveling was, “civis romanus sum,” and free passage was guaranteed.
The ability for people to go anywhere has been prized for centuries. In Israel, the leader was the man honored with the responsibility of leading the people out and bringing them in (Numbers 27:17).
A shepherd was charged with the responsibility of leading sheep safely to food and water. He made certain the flock could “go in and out” without fail. Continue reading “The Good Shepherd”
Texas is a state of wire fences. If one wants to learn how to construct a barbed-wire fence, Texas is the place to go. In Texas, they call the fence wire, “bobwar.” There are different fences to keep different kinds of animals. There are fences for horses and cattle, which (I’m told) is the easiest to build, and there are specific fences for sheep, goats and hogs.
Palestine was not a country of fences. Shepherds kept flocks usually in a walled enclosure at night. The enclosure didn’t have a door. So, the shepherd laid down across the opening, forcing wolves to attack him to get to the sheep. Continue reading “The Prince of Peace is the door”
Playground bullies. Fear and stress grow. However, anxieties melt away with just the smile and the reassuring embrace from a loving father. Peace, safety and wholeness fills one’s being.
This is the type of comforting presence the Psalmist describes as he reflected upon his relationship with God. Listen again to his deep soul satisfying relationship. Continue reading “Comforting presence”
“Hasn’t this been a wonderful pasture?” noted Charlie to one of the other sheep with him. “Yes, it has been excellent,” answered Ralph, “but it’s getting pretty bare. It’s hard to find a mouthful after being here so long.” “Well, I’m not leaving this spot,” responded Charlie. Continue reading Clinging To The Familiar