This depiction of the Good Shepherd is in the West window of our chapel. We do have the most amazing stained glass windows, with their strong colors, and the predominant blue.
However, this particular window caught my eye yesterday, not because of the colors or the quality of craftsmanship, but because of the lamb and the way Jesus is holding it.
Jesus is not cuddling it, or holding it firmly with his hand. Rather, the lamb looks somewhat precariously balanced on Jesus's arm! And yet the little creature looks perfectly comfortable, and unconcerned. Indeed, the lamb looks rather pleased that is it up there right next to Jesus's heart (a look my dog Buster has when he has gained his prized place on my lap!)
Assured and confident of being loved and valued, the lamb looks out onto the world and its dangers with no fear, or anxiety for its future. It feels safe. It could easily jump down, yet chooses to stay close to the heartbeat of the world.
"We are the sheep of his pasture," the 'lambs of his fold'. Where that lamb in the glass image is placed, is where each one of us can be.
I wonder if you feel as confident and trusting as that little lamb? I wonder if you can feel the closeness of the beating heart of our Good Shepherd God in your life today?
The Revd. Vanessa Cato
Revd. Cato, rector of Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, leads the children in stories from the Bible.