Date: March 24
Lectionary Link: https://www.lectionarypage.net/WeekdaysOfLent/ThursThirdWeek.html
Contributor: Becky Lucas
6 Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
What does it mean to be the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand? The vast beauty of the landscape in this grazing sheep photo speaks to me about what it may mean to hearken to his voice. It is not hard to image that a sheep could wander off and get lost in this vast landscape and it is a comfort to know that Jesus will leave the other 99 and look for his single lost sheep. I know there have been times in my life when I was indeed lost from my God and fellow sheep. I can identify with the stories of people who choose not to follow God’s voice but instead decide to listen to the council of others or themselves. I think that Lent is a good time to reflect about whose voice we are inclined to hear and to sharpen our ears so we recognize God’s voice when he speaks to us. May God speak to all of us this Lenten season and in the months ahead so that we can hearken to his voice and walk in his ways.