The risen Christ is the good shepherd whose goodness and mercy pursue us. The risen Christ is the good shepherd who knows us inside and out, who walks with us through green pastures and dark valleys.
In pain and promise, God is with us. This is how God saves us. Not with victory on the battlefields of life, not even with answered prayers, only with a presence and a love that knows no bounds, meets us in every corner of our lives, no matter how dark, and refuses to allow sin and death the last word.