He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls. (I Peter 2:22-25)
Humble and grateful. Those are the words to describe the responding emotions upon reading this passage. How could Christ, perfect and without sin, love one so imperfect, self-centered, and broken as me? I am not alone, for all humanity, without Christ, finds itself in hopeless darkness, in the putrid stench of self.
There is only one truly pure, holy, and able to resurrect the listless soul. He has made light in the darkness and life where death once reigned.
The writing this morning is within the sounds of a peaceful stream, the gentle croaking of tree frogs, and a few crickets about. The best word to chronicle this morning and moment? Peace. The optimal word to describe Christ as the Shepherd and Guardian of the soul? Peace.
You are my Shepherd. What more could I need now that the God of creation faithfully and carefully watches over me? Amen.
“Give us today the food we need.”
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