When it rains, it pours. We have all had times in life when it seemed like bad things would never quit happening. A young college student can have one thing after another go wrong with the car. There is little or no money to keep it running. The student must drive to get to work.
The word shepherd can bring different ideas to different people. Three settings come to my mind. The first is the twenty-third Psalm. David who had been a shepherd boy himself called the Lord his good shepherd.
We could, and probably should, each make a list of disasters or simply bad things that might happen to us. Remember the tornadoes in Coon Rapids, Roseville, St. Peter and Hugo? Then there was the gas leak fire in Highland Park a few weeks ago.
Recently a friend told me that they had four funerals in their church in one week. They were all older people. He said it goes in cycles, weeks or even months without a funeral and then four in one week. That particular church is fairly large with plenty of senior citizens in it.
"This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through," was the closing hymn at Ray Enright's funeral. We sat in St. Mark's Lutheran Church in North St. Paul and remembered the great times with Ray. He lived much of his 80 years in our city.
One of my teachers in college had a saying that has stuck with me over the years. It went something like, "Some people are so heavenly-minded that they are no earthly good." She was referring to some good church leaders and pastors. Her face still sticks with me.
We probably are all partakers of saying or doing things without thinking about consequences. Most of these little remarks or deeds have little if any consequences. Sometimes after the fact, we think about what we said or did and ask ourselves, why we said or did what we said or did.
Christmas and New Years can bring a load of gifts and gift certificates - Red Lobster, Perkins, Panera, McDonalds, etc. But every perfect gift comes from God above (James 1:17). We love many people and many people love us. God, however, loves and is the very essence of love (John 4:16).