Shared Watching

There it was…right in front of me…and I didn’t see it. “There were shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night.” It wasn’t a really big discovery. Just that one single letter “s”. But it changed the story for me. Each shepherd had his own flock, his primary responsibility. But they shared in the  watching.

“Watching” is lonely work. The weight is lifted when it is shared. Shepherds on Bethlehem’s cold hillsides didn’t work alone. What dangers one shepherd might have missed, another would see and sound the alert.

As one of today’s watchful shepherd-caregivers, we each need support. In the lonely times, when the weight of caring can seem so heavy…we need a trusted friend. Someone to share our shepherding. Someone to listen to our concerns. Someone to pray…for our loved one…and for us.

I woke just nights ago with that phrase in my mind: “shepherds watched their flocks”, and came to a fresh realization that both shepherding and caregiving are  meant to be shared tasks. Throughout December our Caregiver Prayer Support Team is praying that you will find one or more “shepherds” who will share in person and in prayer in the watching and caring to which we have been called.

Prayer – LORD, help me find my “shepherd/supporter” and have the courage to draw on their support. Amen

Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016

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