The LORD is my Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)
On that day the LORD their God will save them, as the flock of his people; for like jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land. (Zechariah 9)
Psalm 23 was the theme for our missionary trip to Casa Hogar Alegre in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. It currently houses about 80 children who have been placed there for protection. Life has not been fair to them because many are victims of physical and emotional abuse. It is not uncommon to hear that some of them were prostituted to make money, or that their parents were violent alcoholics. Our goal was to teach them about goodness of God and how much they are valued by Jesus. For the past ten days, we got to be big brothers and sisters, and sometimes mommies and daddies for those who yearn to be part of a healthy family. So I will take some time to share some of my reflections from the morning devotions we did together as a team.
Chiapas Day 1: Jesus is our Good Shepherd who actively guides us in our walk with him. He isn’t passive or oppressive. His love for people overflows with compassion and mercy. He wants to heal and restore what Satan has been trying to destroy for ages: God’s kingdom and his children. As the LORD delegates the care of each saint to Jesus, he sees to it that they prosper by wiping away the smudges and imperfections that have blemished their appearance. They may have been marred by their own sin or the sins of others, but Jesus can clean all that up with his power and forgiveness. All believers will be polished like “jewels of a crown” so that they “shine on his land.”
Every child is a precious gem in God’s eye, and he wants them to know and feel that. Only the Good Shepherd can mend their wounds, comfort them, and reassure them that their existence is not in vain. They belong to him.