The Shepherd is Mighty to Save


Recently we went with our Hungarian church on their annual retreat, and this year they went to the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia. On the way north, we stopped at a little resort town for bathroom breaks and ice cream. In a distant field we saw a flock of sheep and a shepherd with his sheep dog. It was an amazing sight to us who have never been close to seeing sheep grazing on a hillside. The children immediately wanted to walk over for a closer look, which the shepherd allowed. Stephen was one of the last ones to arrive at the field. The fluffy, round little creatures were indeed bleeeeeting and grazing their way through this field, the traditional shepherd was very poor, and the sheepdog was welcoming, but the most amazing thing was hearing little Stephen singing, “The Lord is my shepherd, I’ll walk with Him always…” He was very bold in his singing and very sure that this was the appropriate time to belt out one of his favorite tunes. At first I thought that maybe Stephen thought this shepherd was Jesus, but he just kept telling me that “this is a REAL shepherd.” He had been wondering what a shepherd was!


When we arrived at our destination, we admired the breathtaking view of mountains with peaks hidden by clouds. Stephen’s response? He began singing, “Savior, He can move the mountains, my God is mighty to save, mighty to save….” What could be more appropriate than a response of praise to our Creator and Savior? How simple life is for a child! Just a pure, honest response when he was moved beyond his own ability to speak of such wonders.


“From the mouth of infants and nursing babes Thou has prepared praise…” Matthew 21:16
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8