Friends of The Good Shepherd,

I hope all is well with you and that you are continuing to experience and share each day the love and compassion of God in your life.

Jesus taught us that everyone mattered to him and to God. He showed love and compassion to his fellow Jews, to the Samaritans to the north who were considered the enemy of the Jewish people to the south, to gentiles, even to Roman soldiers who came to him for help. Jesus broke down social and even religious barriers and divisions. For Jesus, the Kingdom of God is for all people regardless of the color of their skin, their religion, their gender, or where they lived. All are welcome and all are invited.
Yet, we too often allow our fears of the unknown and those who are different to keep us from seeing the “other” as a brother and a sisters. And so we withhold the love and compassion of God and see the other as someone to be feared or even worse, to be our enemy. This leads to racism and discrimination in general.
As Christians we must be ever so careful not to allow the racism and discrimination in our world to convert our hearts and minds. We must hold fast to the love and compassion Jesus has shown us. Our world will become a more peace-filled world, as envisioned by God, when we learn to treat one another as the brothers and sisters that we are.
Peace,

  Pastor Dan