Jean Stepnoski (6 Nov 2010)
"The Secure Sheepfold"

Dear Doves,
      In ancient or modern Israel, the season of the sheepfold has begun. It would start around the Feast of Tabernacles, or by mid October. As of a month after the Autumnal Equinox, it would be getting dangerously cold for the lambs to remain on the fields or hills.
      The followers of The Messiah/Christ are called His lambs or the tiny flock, in The Scriptures. In space and time, this is the beginning of the season of His sheepfold. The Separation of His flock from the fields and hills into His sheepfold is a Resurrection motif. One can see The Day of The Blessed Hope as the Return to His Sheepfold Day.
      The Good Shepherd is a wonderful caretaker of His lambs, young and old alike. What are some things a fine shepherd would do? He protects and spares the flock. They do not freeze or starve. Wolves or other predators cannot attack, hurt, or destroy. None of the sheep fall off of cliffs. The cold rain and icy winds outside the sheepfold cannot harm them. There are no brambles or thickets to endanger. The Good Shepherd envelops His own lambs in safety, comfort, food, water, companionship, and community. All is well, no anxiety or fear. His is The Secure Sheepfold. These do not describe Him: hireling, murderer, thief, alien, or stranger. The Good Shepherd is the friend of friends. His tender little lambs are safe, each and all. For Eternity, His sheep will be forever beyond any harm, suffering, or death. The Secure Sheepfold awaits us.
With Love and Shalom,