Children’s Message April 23rd, 2023

This is the season of Easter, when we celebrate the mystery that Jesus died and that God made him alive again.
We return to the parable of the Good Shepherd for our story from God this week. Parables are precious like gold. Parables are like presents. They have already been given to us. We can’t buy them, or take them, or steal them. They are already ours. Parables have lids. But when you lift the lid of a parable there is something very precious inside.
We will talk about the ordinary shepherd. When the ordinary shepherd takes the sheep from the sheepfold…… the ordinary shepherd does not walk in front of the sheep to show them the way. So the sheep wonder and scatter. When the wolf comes the ordinary shepherd runs away.
But the Good Shepherd stands between the wolf and the sheep and even gives his life for the sheep…… so the sheep can return safety home.
I wonder if the wolf has been close to you?……….
I wonder if you have ever heard the Good Shepherd say your name?……..
I wonder where this place might really be?……..