Nancy J. Vyhmeister

Nancy J. Vyhmeister, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of mission at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

​Psalm 23 and My Shepherd Brother

On nights when sleep does not come, I lie in bed, repeating Scripture to myself. One of my favorites is Psalm 23. I repeat it to myself in the King James Version in which I learned it, analyze its parts, not looking for the meaning of Hebrew words, but thinking of the past, when my brother was the shepherd.

As a young child we lived on a 17-acre farm, with chicken houses, barns, and sundry other outbuildings. When we moved there my brother acquired a half dozen Rambouillet sheep, with fat rolls of wool under their chins. My brother was to care for them, take them to the fairs, win prizes with them, …

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