Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)



“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” – Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my Shepherd

Dear Friend in Christ,

            The twenty-third Psalm assures us that “the Lord is my shepherd.”  This will be the theme of our Vacation Bible School this year.

            To be compared to sheep is not exactly a compliment.  Sheep are rather helpless and timid creatures that tend to wander off and get lost.  Sheep really need a shepherd to take care of them.  So do we.  God’s Word tells us that “all we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way” (Isaiah 53:6).  Yes, we sheep really need God to be our shepherd!

            Any good shepherd provides “green pastures,” “still waters,” and “right paths” for the sheep.  So does our Good Shepherd provide for us the basic necessities of life.  Unfortunately we all too often take these necessities for granted and fail to thank our Good Shepherd.

            Like any good shepherd, our Good Shepherd is with us always, even “through the darkest valley.”  Perhaps you currently find yourself in a dark valley.  Perhaps your valley seems so dark that you cannot even see that the Good Shepherd is with you.  But he is.  So “fear no evil.”  The Good Shepherd will indeed walk with you through this valley and will give you comfort.

            Perhaps you are currently feeling your life to be empty of meaning, purpose, and love.  Rest assured that in time the Good Shepherd will overflow your empty cup with his blessings, including his “goodness and mercy” and also the wonderful assurance of dwelling “in the house of the Lord forever.”  Indeed, since “the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”


In Christ,   Pastor Wayne