Monday, September 07, 2009

Shepherds of the bible.

Abel, Abraham, Rachel, Moses, and David are well-known shepherds in the bible. The same word for shepherd is also used for ruler, leader and pastor. Rachel was in some ways an unfortunate woman, much loved, but also in a dificult position. She died giving birth to her second son.

But as a teenager, Rachel had a responsible job as a shepherdess. Young women have a great affinity for loving and caring, and sometimes this means that they will grow into leaders.

I am writing tonight with many young women in mind, women starting a new school year, new jobs and new opportunities. I hope that their natural leadership abilities will be honoured and developed.

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