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In my office upon the wall, near the door hangs a picture; it is a gift I received from a friend shortly after entering the pastorate. It serves as a sober reminder of the privileged call which God has placed upon my life. It is a reminder as I leave for the day, and as I return from the battle in which I am engaged - a battle which is consuming, in time and energy, and at times, in casualties. You see it is a simple picture, perhaps from the early 1900’s of a sheepdog, perched upon a rock formation intently monitoring a flock of sheep, perhaps fifty or so in number, in the dell below. The sheep are intently gazing to the north, the setting sun falling behind the outcropping of trees in the distance. It is a picture by R.A. Fox entitled “A Reliable Guardian.” So, why would a picture like this affect me so?