“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me,” John 10:14 NIV
The playground is loud and crowded as dozens of children climb on the monkey bars, swing, and play in the sandbox. Most parents sit off to the side, speaking with each other or enjoying a few, rare moments of solitude.
Then it happens—from somewhere in the group of children comes a cry. It is different from the surrounding joyful squeals and shouts. “Mommy!” someone calls.
One mother instantly responds while the other parents continue their activities without pausing. Mothers and fathers will tell you—they know their child’s cry.
Studies have shown that newborns are almost immediately able to identify a parent’s voice. They turn towards the sound, preferring it to a stranger’s call. Even in their newness, they know their parent’s voice.
Our Father hears our cries and knows us in our darkest, most fearful moments. In the midst of all his sheep, he comes to us when we cry out.
Father, you are the good shepherd and you know us. You come to us and lay down your life for us. Help us to be like a newborn—to know you, to turn our faces towards you, and to respond to your voice in the midst of strangers.