In the sport of Hockey Historians believe hockey was attributed to the French word hoquet (shepherd’s stick). Hockey sticks go back to the 1800’s where sticks were hand carved from a single piece of wood. The first commercial sticks were said to be created by the Mi’kmaq carvers in Nova Scotia. These sticks were made from birch and hornbeam trees.
Another shepherd stick, rather ancient was referred to in the Bible. This staff was also used to guide sheep across open fields and along rocky hillsides. Whilst the Hockey stick keeps the ball on track to make a goal, the Good Shepherd, by the Holy Spirit, keeps us on track to reach our heavenly goal.
King David, once a shepherd boy says this in Psalm 23:3&4 (KJV) He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Many have quoted this psalm in their time of trouble, and one still does. Yet it is faith that one depends on God to herd off the enemy of darkness, depression, pain, and disease. God keeps the believers together by the Holy Spirit who teaches and comforts as Jesus promised.
Dear Father, I praise your name for the comfort you bring in my time of need. I submit myself to your will on my life and know you are always there for me, even though it may feel dark when I am lonely. Be my sunshine today as I lean on you for courage and the ability to face the day with a positive mind, in Jesus name, Amen.