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Ever Glad at Heart I Am

April 24, 2018
By Pastor Ramthun

On Sunday, April 22, we celebrated Jesus as the “Good Shepherd”.  The imagery of our Savior as our Shepherd brings the peace and comfort that passes ALL human/worldly understanding!  Leading up to Easter we remembered our Savior as THE Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  Our Good Shepherd became the sacrificial Lamb to deliver us from sin, death, and the devil.  Our Good Shepherd loves us, knows us, has called us and redeemed us to be His little lambs whose hearts can be ever glad.

              Our Good Shepherd gently guides us through the challenges, difficulties, and struggles of daily living.  The world can offer “other” guides and places to look to try and find that peace and/or right path, but it often only becomes a distraction to pull as away from THE Good Shepherd, THE true guide, THE Word of God!  Let God’s Word be your guide.

              Our Good Shepherd well provides for us!  Our loving Savior knows our needs and takes care of them.  We are blessed with the necessities of life and beyond!  More importantly our Good Shepherd has provided us with the gift of salvation and the gift of faith which can be daily nourished through His Word and sacrament.  We are well taken care of!

              Our Good Shepherd has created us, called us by name, and redeemed us through the precious blood of Jesus!  We do not have to fear.  Isaiah 43 reminds us that He has formed us and called us by name to be His lambs and He says we are His!  Enjoy the benefits of being Jesus’ little lambs safe in His pasture and in His hands!

              Our Good Shepherd protects and defends us from all the dangers of this world and the devil and my own sinfulness.  He knows His sheep and we know His voice.  Sometimes we fail to hear and follow His voice and we pray for God’s forgiveness and continued guidance so that we strive to set our hearts on His Word and His promises all fulfilled in His Son, our Savior and Good Shepherd! 

              Our Good Shepherd is a promise keeper who will take us home to heaven one day!  When our short life is ended, safely in His arms we’ll be found!  Psalm 95 talks of how He is our God; we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.  That’s grace!  That’s comfort and peace!  Because of THE Good Shepherd we can ever glad at heart be found!  Enjoy being His little lamb!