The Good Shepherd

I was 19 years old when my dad died. 

I kept a few things of his that were sentimental. Like this old, gray sweatshirt that was so soft because he wore the heck out of it and for the last 24 years, I’ve worn the heck out of it. He also gave my mom a gold, diamond pendant in the shape of a heart that she passed on to me. Those things are lost now. Gone.

But probably my most favorite thing that he made was a ceramic Nativity Scene. It was beautiful. Stunning, really.

It was a cream color with a darker brown in the creases of each piece. There were camels and wise men and cows and sheep. There was a manger with the baby Jesus, his mom, Mary, and his earthly father, Joseph. 

And of course there were shepherds.

Friend, would you believe that all of the pieces were burned or broken except this shepherd? It’s got some burn marks on it but it’s lovely to me.

Isn’t that just like the Lord to show His kids that He is watching over them?

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23)

6 Responses to “The Good Shepherd”

  1. Shelley September 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    It is the most beautiful shepherd I’ve ever seen.

  2. Wendy September 9, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    That is so awesome! I love that our Jesus knows just what we need and when we need it! So happy that you have that piece from your dad!

  3. Sarah Eccles September 14, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I believe this Shepard is watching out over us like Jesus watches out over His children. It continues to amaze me what God has restored in this fire each thing is so sentimental. This is beautiful I love it and so glad it was saved. God is good. Love you ;-)

  4. LaNell Champion September 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    So good to hear from you again, Cindy. What a beautiful story you shared! The shepherd in the rubble! God bless you and your family.

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