Show the following video to your students [3:09]:
The Modern Day Shepherd
Janice Reuter lives on a small sheep farm in Minnesota.
- What are some of the things that Janice does to take care of her sheep? (Makes sure they have the best grass to eat; worms them twice a year; vaccinates them once a year; shears them once a year; doesn’t move them too fast; uses herding dogs to bring them to her.)
- What does she do if she gets busy and tired? (She takes care of the sheep anyway.)
Janice mentioned that the traditional shepherds roamed hundreds of miles with their flocks, walking at the pace the sheep needed. The shepherds stayed with them at night, too.
- Why do you think the shepherds stayed with their sheep all the time? (Answers will vary. They loved them and wanted to make sure they were always cared for; predators would come that needed to be driven away.)
- Sheep are not the smartest of creatures. They depended on the shepherds to guide them. What kind of bond do you think formed between the sheep and the shepherds? (Answers will vary; mutually close.)
Similar to sheep, we can use some guidance, direction, and caretaking.
- What are some day-to-day situations—at school, at home, or where you spend your time after school—where having your own personal shepherd to show you the way would be helpful? (Answers will vary.)
- Is there anyone at school or in the family who fills that role for you sometimes? (Answers will vary; teachers, guidance counselor, coach, parent, grandparent, friend.)
- When have you trusted someone to fill that role—perhaps a friend at school—only to be let down? (Answers will vary.)
There is a Good Shepherd who knows us better than we know ourselves. Let’s find out about the Shepherd who loves us, cares for us, and can be there in ways no one else can.