-Share your Blessings, Bummers, and where you have seen Jesus for the week
-Read John 10:11-18
-What is one word or phrase that stood out to you? What image came to mind?
-Read the story again
-What is a story or experience that you have had recently that connects with this story? What is a question you have of this story? What is God trying to tell us in this story?
-Read the passage one more time
-Write and pray a prayer that speaks to what you have shared
One phrase that is repeated a lot through this passage is "lay down"
The sense that I get from this passage is that Jesus is totally in control. Not in a way that makes me feel particularly uncomfortable but in a comforting way. What feels the most difficult is that I am the sheep. My shepherd has it under control. This is nice because that means that I can not worry about it, but also it's a bit unnerving because it's not something that I can influence. Jesus is separate, which makes his laying down of his life all the more powerful. It's a choice he makes to show his love for us. To be connected to us and to connect us to God.
God who is in control, thank you for our good shepherd to lead us. Help us to remember that we are the sheep and that is an okay place to be. Strengthen our trust in you as we know that you are in control. All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Question to continue the conversation: Who is someone who takes care of you?
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