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Climbing with the Shepherd
As a child I always loved Mary Baker Eddy’s poem, “ ‘Feed My Sheep’, ” set to music as a hymn in the Christian Science Hymnal (Nos. 304–309, 456). It’s about God as a Shepherd, guiding and guarding His children as they move along. A few months ago I had a really cool opportunity get some new insights into this hymn’s meaning.
I woke up early in the morning to go for a long hike in the Brecon Beacons, a national park in Wales. Towards the beginning of the hike I had to climb up a steep hill, and I was finding it pretty challenging. In fact, I actually decided to start singing the hymn I mentioned above … out loud.
The first two lines had a pretty big impact on me, “Shepherd, show me how to go, / O’er the hillside steep.” There I was, literally climbing up a steep hill! I decided to stop for a moment, and I was in awe of the beautiful landscape, despite the fact that I had not yet reached the top. I knew that if I kept going, the landscape would be even more phenomenal, but I was grateful to be able to stop and see the progress that had been made so far.
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