Sunday, November 21, 2010

Love Hurts (sometimes)

This past week has been one of heartbreak for me on several points.

Anyone is is called by God to shepherd His flock are by nature of the business vulnerable. You can't help it. God trusts you with the care of His sheep and that requires loving them. And that's good. But sometimes that love brings hurt.

Sheep stray. Because they are essentially defenseless creatures they become easy prey for the wolves that continually circle the fold. And sheep die.

The last week I've seen all of it. I am so grateful for the grace that God provides to handle the tough stuff and that the Chief Shepherd's shoulders are broad enough to carry the burden.

Don't forget to pray for your pastors.


Paula Farah said...

It's a massive burden to shepherd a flock. Thank you for answering the call and I pray for you to have strength, peace, and fulfillment in this great task you have undertaken. As one of your "sheep" know that your care of us is appreciated, you are loved. I'm sorry you've had a tough week.

Agnes said...

Do this regularly; but grateful for reminder.

Rick Lawrenson said...

It never gets easier. After 20 years in the same church I would have thought I should have seen it all. Not so.

But Christ has, and Christianity has endured 2000 years for a reason. The reason is not us. It's Him.