Ordinary Time

Pause

Savior, like a shepherd lead us,
much we need Thy tender care;
in Thy pleasant pastures feed us,
for our use Thy folds prepare:
blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are;
blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

Dororthy A. Thrupp in “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” (1836)

 

Listen

Then one of the elders said to me, “Who are these people wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”

I said to him, “Sir, you know.”

Then he said to me, “These people have come out of great hardship. They have washed their robes and made them white in the Lamb’s blood. This is the reason they are before God’s throne. They worship him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. They won’t hunger or thirst anymore. No sun or scorching heat will beat down on them, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Revelation 7:13-17

Think

As I write, Ukrainians are still fleeing for their lives and grieving for lives lost in their homeland because of a power-hungry dictator. According to Concern Worldwide, the global refugee population has more than doubled in the last 10 years. Over 84 million people worldwide from many different countries have been forced to flee their homes, including over 26.6 million refugees, the highest population on record.

Here John continues to share the vision he received, as recorded in Revelation. John sees the nations gathered and proclaims that Christ – the Good Shepherd, who is the Lamb of God – will care for all who have suffered. They (we) will be protected, given everything that they (we) need, and their (our) tears wiped away.

This is true for all believers in Christ, regardless of what we have suffered from. We can hold onto Jesus’ promise, “I’ve said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you have distress. But be encouraged! I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33)

Stella Perrin

Pray

God, it is hard to see so much suffering in our broken world.

Help me to hold tight to your promise that one day you will wipe away all of our tears and make everything right.

I look forward to that day.

Amen.

Go

Go, cherished child of God, trusting in and listening to the Good Shepherd to guide and care for you.