The shepherd reminds us of simpler times and slower lives. Embrace the life of a shepherd today – living more simply, moving more slowly.

Stop and have a conversation you normally don’t have time for. At some point today, sit quietly with no screen for as long as you can.

Rest now in God’s goodness.

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"My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life. They will never die, and no one will snatch them from my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them from my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

John 10:27-30

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In this passage, Jesus is speaking to a group of religious leaders who aren’t his followers. Jesus says that those who follow him know his voice, and they’ll never be lost – and in case you missed it, there’s no snatching! Two thoughts come to mind for us to consider.

First, fast-forward to today. There are roughly 2.2 billion Christians around the world, speaking over 6,500 distinct languages. I am awed that God knows each of us, and we can know our Shepherd’s voice. God has an overwhelming capacity to love. If you are feeling unloved at this moment in your life, take comfort that God loves you just as you are.

Second, what does God’s voice sound like? God’s voice can be heard in thunder and in a gentle whisper. God’s voice pierces straight to the heart, and you know it instantly as authentic. Sometimes God’s voice is truth we need to hear, heavy to bear. But often it is simple and uncomplicated. “It’s going to be alright.” “You are my child, and I love you.” “Start walking, and you’ll discover what’s next.”

David Burroughs

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God, thank you for knowing my voice. Thank you for allowing me to follow you, and for keeping me safe, and that there are no snatchers in your Kingdom! God, help me to invite others into the safe love you provide. Amen.

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As you leave this quiet space, moving on to what this day will bring, take the faith that God is with you, the trust that God is leading you, and the peace that comes from Holy contentment.

David Burroughs

David Burroughs is the president of Passport Camps, which produces He was on the design team for the first Following the Star in 2001, offered as a devotional response for teenagers living in the realities of 9/11. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Colleen, and their teenage children, Milligan and Walker.

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