By T. Adrienne Terrell, Columist
Greetings from The Springs! Just think. We are almost there. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, let us constantly be mindful of the reason for the season!
The Home Going Celebration for Deacon Walter Lee “T” Brown was held on Saturday, December 7 at USBC. At the age of 91, he was the oldest deacon at The Springs and according to the glowing words of reflections, he lived a full, rich life. Although we will miss him dearly, we know that he has transitioned to a much better place.
As coordinators of the Couples’ Ministry, my husband and I would like to thank the church for a very successful year. Whether you were able to attend one or all of the sessions, we thank you for your support and commitment to creating godly marriages. We look forward to an exciting 2014!
On Sunday, December 15 we will have our annual Holiday Dinner following the morning worship service. You will get two meals that day. First, Pastor Terrell will fill you with the Word of God, and then the A-Team will fill your bellies with some of the best home cooking around! I’ll see you there.
When you look at the writings of King David, many of them were on the style concerning a shepherd and his sheep. These writings show the relationship that we have with Jesus.
God is there to handle those things that we can’t and David understood this. Reverend Terrell’s sermon was based on Psalm 23. David was an under-shepherd just like pastors are under-shepherds.
The Lord is the Shepherd of us all. Knowing this, we need to proclaim the first line of this psalm and declare, “The Lord is My Shepherd!” Again, David knew the relationship that the Shepherd had with His sheep and those that are Christians have someone to call upon. At the present time, God is our shepherd.
He never ceases to be our shepherd. We are His sheep and that means that there are certain things that we don’t have to worry about. Because of the promise, we will eat and graze in His pastures and not be in want. God promises to supply our needs. Our basic needs of food, clothing and shelter, He promises that to us. Sometimes, He even adds more. “
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures” means that we can’t help but to be blessed. It also means that you are in the right place at the right time. There are some blessings that we really didn’t earn but because we are His sheep, He blesses us. Another way to look at this passage according to Pastor Terrell is that He makes us lie down in a prosperous place!
As we continued to examine this psalm, we moved to how God leads us beside the still waters. Pastor Terrell explained to us how sheep usually will not drink from moving water since they are so timid. Just as the Lord knows that sheep need still water to drink from, He knows when we need help. Sometimes our souls get weary, but God has a way to restore us. He leads us in His righteousness because we represent Him.
When we look like we are walking in His righteousness, others will want to be a part of what we are doing. Now, we have looked at how the first three verses describe God’s blessings. The final three reveal what the Lord will do to our enemies. David wanted us to know that we are not alone. When our burdens get heavy, we need to give them to Jesus. When we go through the valley of the shadow of death, we can’t stop there.
As His sheep, we need to keep moving. Interestingly, when pigs get in mud, they stop and wallow in it. Yet, when we get in trouble sometimes we will stop right there and have a pity party. The enemy often makes our problems look much worse than what they really are. Even our shadow is larger than our true size, but check this out.
You can’t have a shadow without a light. Jesus is the Light of the world! Though we may go through “The shadow of death,” Jesus sees us and He’s got us! Rev. Terrell stated that the worst thing that we can do is to get scared. Why? Because fear weakens your system.
It is much easier to get ill when your body is worn down. So, don’t be scared and fear the evil. The enemy’s bark is worse than his bite. As we go forward, we must keep moving. When the devil tries to slip up on us from behind, don’t fear. We have goodness and mercy following us. We have God’s protection because we are the sheep of His pasture. Glory Be To God!