By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, May 4, 2017

Growing up, my favorite TV show was "The Dukes of Hazzard." I remember watching it with my Grandaddy. We loved "Uncle Jesse," the wise patriarch of Hazzard County, whose virtues always saved the day from "Boss Hog's" machinations. Uncle Jesse would pick up a CB radio and call out to his nephews, "Shepherd to Lost Sheep?" He guided them with the right word at the right time. Even now, I can hear Waylon Jennings voicing the theme song of the show, and maybe you can, too.

This Sunday our service reflects on the Good Shepherd in Psalm 23 and in John 10:1-10. Psalm 23 is one of those passages that gets into your head and your heart. It remains one of the most meaningful pieces of poetry in the Bible, a reminder to all lost sheep that the good shepherd is always faithful. Take a moment today and read or listen to Psalm 23 in the link below as performed by Jessi Colter, Waylon Jennings' widow. Consider the places in your life where you have needed guidance or protection.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me lie down
in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He
restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for
his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort
me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine
enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.