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The Shepherd and the Circle Psalm 23

The Shepherd and the Circle

Psalm 23 invites us to focus on a changeless God amid the many changes of life.

At a Glance

Nature seems to love symmetry. It's a principle that has been described as "change without change." We see this principle at work in God's loving care and protection of us. Change without change.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's Acts text, see "Sewing and Reaping," April 21, 2013, at

Babies love symmetry.

According to scientific research, symmetry is inherently attractive to the human eye. At a very young age, children are drawn to people with similarity between the left and right sides of the face. Babies spend more time staring at photographs of symmetric people than asymmetric people.

Same for adults. In a study at the University of Louisville, pictures of different individuals were shown to a highly diverse group of Asians, Latinos and whites from 13 different countries. They all had the same general opinion about who were the most attractive -- the symmetric ones.

This is not to say that asymmetry is ugly. Don't get...

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