“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10 has felt highly relevant for us as we’ve been making plans for this year. Coming out of the pandemic is so exciting, but we also recognise how easy it is to rely on ourselves and our efforts instead of God. It’s also easy to give in to fear when things over the last two years have been so uncertain. We feel entering into 2022 the need to pray for protection against the things that try to steal, kill and destroy.
As you read through these verses, please meditate and prayerfully listen. Please share anything you think might be from the Lord on the prayer wall below.
Grab yourself a cuppa – if it’s nice outside, and you are able to, go outside and pause. If not, look out the window at the outdoors.
Camping in the great outdoors can be amazing fun (we definitely place a high priority on fun for our campers!) But one of the great things about camping is that it reminds you just how cared for we are. God is in control of the wildness of the weather, and he makes safe spaces for us to be within it.
As you reflect on this, pray that we as Camps teams would trust in God’s provision as we plan, and that God would keep his plans for our young people secure. Please share anything you think God is saying on the prayer wall below.