What`s so good about the Good Shepherd?

David Wilmot's Blog

You might have noticed that as people of faith we rely a great deal on metaphors and pictures to speak of God. It`s really the only way we can attempt to describe what we believe God is doing in his world and in us. And one of the most powerful and memorable of these is this image of God as our Shepherd.

Its significance for people worshipping here down the generations is illustrated by that stained glass window behind me. And I really enjoy taking classes of school children up there and reflecting with them on that loveliest of images. But it was a child who pointed out to a colleague of mine how difficult and ambiguous using this picture of shepherd to speak of God can actually be.

On one occasion he invited a Missioner to come and give an assembly in one of his village schools. Now this…

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