“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” (Isaiah 40: 11)
Divine Love is our faithful Shepherd. God’s loving Principle is always guarding each and every one of us. The Truth of God’s love, control, perfection is always with us, watching over us, keeping the fields of our lives safe from wolves and brambles, and making sure our bodies are nurtured and well.
God feeds us with a tender patience and care. He doesn’t leave us alone—watching with diligence but not judgment, making sure we are safe and that we know this. This Shepherd is always looking out for our needs—giving us the freedom to frolic when joyful expression is needed, and likewise carrying us safely home when we feel weak or uncertain or afraid.
I love that this verse reminds us that those that are with young are led gently, so gently, along the path and pasture of Life. This means that we are guided with parental care as we care for our own children. We are little sheep, dear children ourselves, to this Father-Mother-Shepherd. And these young ones of ours include also our new ideas and inspirations. As the seeds of right desires begin to develop in consciousness, our Shepherd gently leads us forward, with those new thoughts and intentions, protecting them while they develop fully, and making sure we get where we are going.
God’s flock gets tended individually and as a collective whole. Each of the sheep are known fully and loved completely, and all are made to play harmoniously together, as one fold of a Shepherd called Love.
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