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Today's theme: Comfort of the Shepherd

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    --Isaiah describes the Shepherd
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Shepherd, show me how to go
O'er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow, ---
How to feed Thy sheep;
I will listen for Thy voice,
Lest my footsteps stray.
I will follow and rejoice
All the rugged way.

So when day grow dark and cold,
Tear or triumph harms.
Lead thy lambkins to the fold,
Take them in Thine arms;
Feed the hungry, heal the heart,
Till the morning's beam;
White as wool, ere they depart,
Shepherd, wash them clean.
--Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Raised a Congregationalist, Eddy founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, better known as Christian Science.
Behold, the Lord God will come with a strong hand,
and his arm shall rule for him:
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them in his bosom
and he shall gently lead those that are with young.
--Isaiah 40:10-11
King James Bible
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For he hears the lamb's innocent call.
And he hears the ewe's tender reply.
He is watchful while they are in peace.
For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.
--William Blake (1757-1827)
English mystic, poet, painter and engraver.
I will save my sheep so that they may no longer be despoiled, and I will
judge between one sheep and another.
I will appoint one shepherd over them to pasture them, my servant, David;
he shall pasture them and be their shepherd.  Thus shall they know that I,
the Lord, am their God, and they are my people, the house of Israel, says
the Lord God.
--Ezekiel 34: 22,23,30
New American Bible
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside still waters,
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
23rd Psalm, King James Version
I am the good shepherd, and I
know mine and mine know me, just
as the Father knows me and I know
the Father; and I will lay down my
life for the sheep. I have other
sheep that do not belong to this
fold. These also I must lead, and
they will hear my voice, and there
will be one flock, one shepherd.
This is why the Father loves me,
because I lay down my life in order
to take it up again. No one takes it
from me, but I lay it down on my
own. I have power to lay it down,
and power to take it up again. This
command I have received from my
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--John 10: 14-18
New American Bible
And now, the Last Word(s):
God of truth, be Thou alone my guide...
--Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Indian spiritual leader of the Hindu religion. Founder of of the Ramakrishna Order of Monks.
The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.
--Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
A self-proclaimed "radical atheist," Douglas was a British comic writer and author
of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series.
Since God offers to manage our affairs for us, let us once and for all hand them over to his
infinite wisdom, in order to occupy ourselves only with Himself and what belongs to Him.
--Jean Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
A French Jesuit priest, his teachings to the Visitation Sisters in the town of Nancy were carefully preserved
and finally published many years after his death.
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