"My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” John 10:27-30
I love this reading. The image of the Good Shepherd always touches me.
I have a picture in my bedroom of Jesus holding a lamb. Actually, He is cuddling with this lamb. His face is buried in the back of the lamb's neck. The lamb's face looks serene and content. The hand holding the lamb has a nail mark in it.
I look at this picture whenever I feel down or worried or sad. It gives me peace. I feel like I am not alone.
There is so much to reassure us in this reading. Especially knowing that no one can take us out of His hand. No one.
I love that.
Jesus, thank you for loving me and for holding onto me with your loving strength. Please, Jesus, never let me go. Never let anyone or anything snatch me from your hand. Amen.
copied and edited from this blog April 2010
picture by Katherine Brown