May 7, 2017
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Listening and Hearing
But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
In the heat of summer, we headed to a large swimming hole. One of the ways you could reach the water was by jumping off a steep, cliff like bank.
For a time, we watched as one young woman stood on the edge, contemplating a jump. Her friends floated in the water below, encouraging her to follow. She vacillated, moving to the edge, then backing away. Again and again, they called her name.
We had to leave, so we don't know if Chloe ever did jump. I wondered: did she lack courage, or was she heeding her better instincts? What a challenge it is at times to discern which voice to follow. Is it the voice of one that really doesn't care about us at all, or is what I'm hearing the voice of the Shepherd who will protect me, no matter how daunting the distance from here to there might seem?
Jesus, in the quiet, I listen for your loving voice.
- Amy Welborn
Acts 2:14, 36-41|Psalm 23:1-6|1 Peter 2:20-25|John 10:1-10