Reads the card.

The Psalm for Sunday is the Twenty-Third Psalm ("The Lord is my shepherd..."), a well-loved Psalm that is kind of the stereotype for all of the sheep-related imagery in the Bible.  The Twenty-Third Psalm is all about the Lord taking care of the sheep - how richly God provides, and how God provides in even the worst of times.

When I was a growing up, I had an aunt (really, she was my mom's cousin) who always sent me a funny card for my birthday and for Christmas, with a crisp new bill tucked inside it.  My mom would remind me to send a thank you note, and usually I did.  But even if I didn't, I could look forward to her card (and the crisp new bill) showing up at the next holiday. 

She sent the card not because I deserved it, but because that's who she was.

It's kind of like that with the imagery in the Twenty-Third Psalm.  What do sheep do to deserve all that the shepherd provides for them?  Not much - and that's the point.  God provides not because we deserve it, but because that's who God is. 

More on this tomorrow.