Christ, Our Shepherd
by Florence Roberts
Once more the season is near which should remind us that we are the sheep and Christ is our Shepherd. Sheep signifies innocence; inoffensiveness; those who follow their leader. ( S&H, p.594) And Psalm 23:1 so beautifully makes this clear: “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” That loving statement helps us to realize what a glorious, harmonious inheritance we have!
Christ owns all the good we can ever need. That is why we never panic when there appears to be lack of any kind. Knowing ourselves as manifestations of Mind gives us the only certainty of our wellbeing. Only the Christ idea possesses everything good — heath, wealth, joy, love, right purpose. It is our oneness with Christ that vanquishes all the false senses of lack and anything discordant.
From our textbook, Science and Health, page 242, we read, “There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality — to have no other consciousness of life — than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.”
The beautiful sense of the Shepherd’s tender care for his sheep; how he takes each one in the evening and examines it to remove anything harmful, cares for any wounds and lovingly puts each to rest, demonstrates how we are cared for if we humbly walk with Christ, our Shepherd. The Christ, Truth, searches and reveals all the errors that disturb us and will replace them with the truths that give us calm and peace.
Yes, an ever-present Shepherd, our Christ, directs, protects, and unfolds all good for us. We learn through Christian Science that the only thing that gives the certainty of all things good is the radical, consistent reliance on the Truth of our Shepherd forever near (God with us).
Our Shepherd’s everlasting fullness assures our completeness; that we should never lack. Hymn 224, reads in part:
When all material streams are dried;
Thy fullness is the same;
May I with this be satisfied
And glory in Thy name!
Let us all be confident and be so grateful for this unchanging Truth, and know it is true also for all our brothers and sisters everywhere.