Praise the Lord to the Miracle Temple Family and the people of God everywhere. I greet you in the Matchless Name of Jesus! I recently attended a symposium on Mental Health in the Church, more specifically When Shepherds Bleed. This was one of the most beneficial seminars and panel discussions that I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of. Each presenter provided us as leaders and pastors with so much information and armed us with so many solutions for our own mental health. The speakers were so transparent with their own stories and testimonies that we felt connected to them. In particular there was a video clip that Dr. William Coleman, who is the pastor and founder of Praise Fellowship Bible Church, shared with us. In this video it showed a shepherd who was leading a flock of sheep. While they were crossing a road a vehicle approached and the sheep dog began to bark. This set in motion a chain of events that eventually led to one of the sheep actually attacking the shepherd! It used it’s head to butt the shepherd knocking him to the ground. The shepherd was rendered helpless as his staff was knocked out of his hand and he was disoriented. The same sheep attacked again as he tried to regain his footing! During the commotion the other sheep just stood by and observed everything. The sheepdog corralled the flock and got them off to a grassy roadside. Meanwhile the shepherd was still in a defensive position on the ground with arms and legs swinging and kicking at anyone and anything that might potentially cause him further harm. After the video clip was presented we had a discussion of what we had just seen and it was amazing what observations were shared during this part of the session. Who would have ever thought that a sheep would attack the shepherd? The one who is supposed to protect the sheep actually needed protection from the sheep! Saints of God it is imperative as the sheep of His pasture that you care for the under shepherd in such a way that he in turn can provide care for you.

Until our next communication,

Pastor T Marc Gandy