I prayed for you today in the Church of the Primacy of Peter. They believe this is the place where Jesus told Peter to feed and tend his sheep after his resurrection (see John 21:15-19). It’s a meaningful story for all of us, but as a pastor I feel particularly moved by Christ’s words. The word “Pastor,” after all, comes from the Latin noun for shepherd. We could say that Peter was the first person Jesus called to be a pastor.
It seemed fitting, then, to pray for Christ’s flock at Orfordville Lutheran Church. As I sat in this small sanctuary on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, I read the prayers you wrote for me to bring with to the Holy Land. There were prayers for healing and challenges, for your families, for safety on our trip, for peace in our world and for the leaders of the United States, and more. Being in this place has reminded me that in Jesus Christ we are in the care of the Good Shepherd.
There’s so much more I could and will tell you about. For now, I wanted to share this story and a couple of pictures.
May you be fed and guided by Jesus, the Good Shepherd!