The Weekly Breather: The Good Shepherd (A Guided Art Meditation)

A guided art meditation is simply a time to be still, contemplate, and allow God to speak to you through art. While we are accustomed to verbal and written forms of communication, art is a visual form which connects with our minds and hearts in a very different way. It is a way of communicating without using words.  

Settle Yourself and Release

Find a quiet place to relax and meet God. Gather all your current thoughts or concerns and place them aside. Be still and breathe deeply.


Spend several minutes looking at the piece, “Good Shepherd,” by David Bonnell (USA/Contemporary).

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Psalm 23:1 (NET)

For this is what the sovereign Lord says:

Look, I myself will search for my sheep and seek them out.

As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his

scattered sheep, so I will seek out my flock.

Ezekiel 34:11–12 (NET)

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:11 (NET)



Take a moment and reflect on what it means for Jesus to be your shepherd.
Identify a moment in your life where His shepherding was tangible to you.
Ask Jesus to show you where you need his shepherding today.

Ben is a husband, father, priest, and scholar with a PhD in Biblical Studies (NT emphasis) from Asbury Theological Seminary. Prior to his studies at Asbury, he completed his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and served with Mission Aviation Fellowship in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He and his wife, Amy, have 4 handsome sons. Ben loves to play music, make (and eat) sushi, dabble with tech, and help his boys navigate life. He currently serves as the Soul Care Community's Editorial Assistant and Book Review Editor.


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