This tombstone engraving is one that is immediately recognizable by Christians.
Jesus is often referred to as the Good Shepherd and is called a shepherd several times in the Bible.
“The Lord is my Shepherd…” is the first verse of the well-known and comforting 23rd Psalm.
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me…” (John 10)
These Good Shepherd verses remind us that Jesus cares for us, watches over us, and guides us, just as a shepherd does for his flock.
There is even a Good Shepherd Sunday during the church year, when the Gospel and other liturgical readings pertain to the Good Shepherd.