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    All You Need To Know
    By: Maxine M.

    Vacation Bible School’s program was about to begin; all the children were very excited
    To demonstrate what they had learned and to talk about Jesus they were delighted
    Each was to tell a story or the verses they’d memorized…each class was invited

    One little boy had picked the 23rd Psalm, and practicing day after day his confidence would grow
    But once he faced an audience, stage fright his young mind would bestow
    Finally he blurted out, “The Lord is MY Shepherd and that’s all I know”

    Later the preacher picked up on this saying “this young man has it totally right”
    Because He is our Shepherd and it’s what comforts us in the middle of the night
    As sheep trust & follow the Shepherd, just KNOWING He is there is our delight

    There’s NOTHING I shall want, the promise goes on to freely declare
    Not every DESIRE we have, but all the necessities, the peace, love and care the Shepherd will share
    Those elements needed for maintaining life, for our weakness He will also bear

    He makes the sheep lie down in “green” pastures, providing just what we need
    Leads beside STILL waerts, (rushing water frightens sheep) their fears He heeds
    He RESTORES my soul, when we’re free from sin, we will eventually succeed

    He leads in paths of righteousness, for HIS namesake
    Because when we do good deeds, in His name, it reflects His Glory; in His honor we partake
    Since all those under the Shepherd’s influence KNOW He’ll never forsake

    He prepares a table before me, all those public and private blessings we receive
    In the presence of our enemies, demonstrating the tranquility of those who believe
    Shows how His joy is spread abroad, even among those who are grieved

    Yea, when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, no evil will I fear
    A shadow can’t hurt you, the light of the Shepherd will chase it away…making the way clear
    His rod and His staff, (His words) they comfort me, meditate on the voice of the Spirit you hear

    He anoints my head with oil, by this He states I’m His forevermore
    Thus, my cup (of joy) runs over, surely goodness & mercy will follow me, abide in my inner core
    All the days of my life I will dwell in the house of the Lord, safely behind the golden door

    Jesus told His disciples, “I am the Good Shepherd, I know My sheep”
    I am the DOOR to the sheepfold, so they must come through ME, their safety I’ll keep
    They will follow My voice; I laid down My life for them because My love runs deep

    Now sheep are subject to getting LOST, straying from the Shepherd’s side
    We all, LIKE sheep, have gone astray, yearning for greener pastures we’ve spied
    Ignoring the Shepherd’s voice, disregarding the good things ONLY He can provide

    But the Good Shepherd will leave those already in the Sheepfold
    To go and search for the ONE that’s lost & bring the one back, a new life is then unrolled
    He never gives up on that one who once accepted Him, but whose love has grown cold

    By saying He’s the “GOOD” Shepherd, He alludes to the fact that false shepherds are around
    Worthless shepherds who, in the end, will abandon the sheep…unfaithfulness found
    Their sheep will be scattered, unable to tell which voice is spiritually sound

    Some of these false shepherds have MANY hoodwinked sheep in their flock
    Issuing RULES that must be followed, but on Judgement Day they will be in for a shock
    Realizing too late they’d been deceived; it was the TRUE Shepherd they had mocked

    These false shepherds will all die and within their tombs the bones still remain
    But the Good Shepherd died FOR US and ROSE AGAIN; a grave couldn’t, His Spirit restrain
    Now He lives in the hearts of all His sheep; His love, goodness & protection they gain

    Common sense would tell you to pick a Shepherd whose still alive today
    Whose strength & might are unquestionable and Whose voice, love and mercy, convey
    Stick as close as possible to His side because He hears whenever we pray

    sigpicAll poems/prose I post are written by my mom, Maxine M. (Pictured) ...given to her from our Lord. May they bless and encourage all who read. Please feel free to share them with anyone!
    YSIC
    Judy for Jesus
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