Changing Pasture

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For years I have loved this painting which hangs in the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati entitled “Changing Pasture” by Anton Mauve ca. 1887. I am some place in that flock of sheep.

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My husband took a photo of the postcard for me as the photo from the museum was just too dark, not truly representative of the work, without spending hours on changing it.

This is my first post to this blog. I find it appropriate to let you know instead of just journaling on the screen, as I do in “Treasures in Plain Sight,” I plan to share my heartfelt writing of stories, poems and vignettes about my spiritual journey on this blog. Some will be short, some longer. Usually an object lesson, photo or sketch will accompany my writing. I am hoping you will honor my writing by not claiming it as your own and always giving my name credit.

We are told in Psalm 95:7 “For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.” And in Psalm 100:3 “Know that the Lord is God! It is he that made us, and we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Whether you prefer people of his pasture, sheep of his hand or sheep of his pasture, I think you get the idea. He is the leader. We are the followers.

When we traveled in Ireland one of first sounds I heard on our first morning walk was a lamb bleating. Those cries really carry! This little fellow posed for a nice picture for Bob. You might not be able to tell he is on a hillside.

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We could not get the camera fast enough when a moment later he sneezed and proceeded to roll down the hill! The memory still makes me laugh.

All that to say I know who my Shepherd is and He is a good one. I am His lamb and He is able to keep me, guide me, lead me, guard me and correct me when I need correcting. Jesus truly is The Good Shepherd. In John 10:11 NRSV He says “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

I hope you enjoy our journey together. Please push the like button if you like what I write. Also feel free to comment, too! Your encouragement will spur me on to share more!