September 14, 2009

Shepherd Season

For those of you kind enough to invest a few moments dropping by my place here, thank you. It's been one of those season's of shepherding the flock I am privileged to serve which has required much of me in time and effort. It has been my blessing to serve families at their point of need, to prepare messages that serve as spiritual food for souls, and to give gentle and, hopefully, wise counsel through difficult decisions. To quote Paul,

"We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh." (2 Corinthians 4:7-11)
In God's perfect timing I have a long awaited and joy-filled break coming my way in the guise of celebrating my 21st wedding anniversary with my beloved! We will be getting away to the historic and wonderful Kate Shepard House in Mobile this weekend to be treated like royalty by Bill and Wendy and to remember again why we love being in love with each other!

Perhaps a return to the blogosphere will materialize then. Until then this shepherd is lying down in green pastures and enjoying a restoration of the soul.


Sherri Henson and family said...

So glad you can get away to spend this time together! Praying the Lord will bless you in precious ways as you, indeed, "remember why you love being in love with each other!" Twenty-one years! How in the world is that possible?? Well, I'm here to attest that being in love with one another just gets sweeter and sweeter as the years go by ... if you keep making time for each other, and keep "remembering!"

God bless you both. I'm proud to call you "family!"

Sherri and family

Paul Thompson said...

John, I'll pray for you both. Be refreshed. Congratulations on 21 years of displaying to a watching world what God's love looks like.

I Pray God will strengthen you both.

sojourner said...

Rest softly, gentle shepherd, in the arms of your Beloved!