Between the Lines: Reign of Christ: November 20, 2011

Text: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.”

Ezekiel describes a tension between the gathered and scattered sheep. Consider the gathered and scattered. We talk of someone being “scatter-brained.” What are some other ways we experience ourselves as scattered – separate, divorced, strewn, broken apart and diffuse? How do you experience this in a relationship, community, job as well as within yourself? Why do you suppose Ezekiel speaks of the scattering “on a day of clouds and thick darkness”?

What is the cost or danger of being scattered? What might be the advantage and promise? What can happen when you are “scattered” that might never happen when you are gathered and together? Is it only scattered or only together? How do you know and profit from this tension daily?

– Bill Dols


Who are the shepherds in your world?


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