The Shepherd and His Sheep

The relentless love of God who seeks after his sinners and bring them back to his kingdom.  Ezekiel 34:12  “As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.” John 10:16  “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.” So there will be one flock, one shepherd. God’s love for us is crazy! It’s beyond human understanding! The following poem speaks of God’s love beautifully.

THE SHEPHERD LOVED HIS LAMB
AND GAVE IT TENDER CARE
AND FOLLOWED IT WITH LOVING EYES
AND IT WANDERED HERE AND THERE

AND AS HE SAT BY HIS GRAZING FLOCK
WHO SO MEEKLY HIS VOICE OBEYED
HE PONDERED SADLY HIS LAMB
AS AGAIN AND AGAIN IT STRAYED

THE LITTLE LAMB HAD A LOVING HEART
AND ADORED HIS SHEPHERD. TRUE
BUT WOULD TURN ASIDE AND SEEK HIS OWN WAY
AS LAMBS WILL OFTEN DO

WITH HIS GENTILE VOICE THE SHEPHERD CALLED
TO HIS LOVED AND STRAYING LAMB
COME BACK, LITTLE ONE, FOR YOU ARE NOT SAFE
UNLESS YOU ARE WHERE I AM

BUT STILL THE LAMB WOULD SOON FORGET
AND UNTHINKINGLY WOULD WONDER AWAY
AND NOT REALLY NOTICING WHAT HE DID
FROM THE SHEPHERDS SIDE WOULD STRAY

UNTIL ONE DAY, THE SHEPHERD AND
TOOK HIS ROD IN HIS GENTLE HAND
AND WHAT HE DID SEEMED SO CRUEL
AND THE LAMB COULD NOT UNDERSTAND

FOR WITH ONE SHARP AND WELL AIMED BLOW
DOWN THE ROD SO SWIFTLY CAME
THAT BROKE THE LEG OF THE LITTLE LAMB
AND LEFT HIM CRIPPLED AND LAME

THEN THE LITTLE LAMB, WITH A CRY OF PAIN
FELL DOWN ON HIS KNEES
AND LOOKED UP AT HIS SHEPHERD, AS THOUGH TO SAY
WONT YOU EXPLAIN THIS TO ME PLEASE?

THEN HE SAW THE LOVE IN THE SHEPHERDS EYES
AS TEARS RAN DOWN HIS FACE
AS HE TENDERLY SET THE BROKEN BONE
AND BOUND IT BACK IN PLACE

NOW HE WAS UTTERLY HELPLESS
HE COULD NOT EVEN STAND!
HE MUST TRUST HIMSELF COMPLETELY
TO HIS SHEPHERDS LOVING HAND

THEN DAY BY DAY, TILL THE LAMB WAS HEALED
FROM THE FLOCK HE WAS KEPT APART
AND CARRIED ABOUT IN HIS SHEPHERDS ARMS
AND CRADLED NEAR HIS HEART

AND THE SHEPHERD WOULD WHISPER GENTLE WORDS
INTO HIS NOW LISTENING EAR
THUS HE HEARD SWEET WORDS OF LOVE
THAT THE OTHER SHEEP COULD NOT HEAR

HE FELT THE WARMTH OF THE SHEPHERD ARMS
AND THE BEAT OF HIS FAITHFUL HEART
UNTIL IT CAME A BLESSING TO SEEM
HIS WEAKNESS SET APART

EVERY NEED OF THE LITTLE LAMB
BY HIS SHEPHERD SO FINALLY MET
AND THOUGH HIS BROKENNESS HE LEARNED
WHAT HE COULD NEVER FORGET

AND AS THE BROKEN BONE  WAS HEALED
AND ONCE MORE BECAME WHOLE AND STRONG
WHEREVER THE SHEPHERDS PATH WOULD LEAD
THE LAMB WOULD FOLLOW ALONG

THUS AT THE SHEPHERDS SIDE HE WALKED
SO CLOSELY, DAY BY DAY
FOR ONCE A LAMB HS A BROKEN LEG
IT WILL NEVER GO ASTRAY

FOR THE CORDS OF LOVE HAD BOUND IT SO
IN ITS OUR OF WEAKNESS AND NEED
THAT IT HAD NO DESIRE TO WANDER AWAY
WHEN ONCE AGAIN IT WAS FREED

COULD IT BE YOU ARE BROKEN TODAY
AND YOU CANNOT UNDERSTAND
THE PAINFUL BLOW OF THE SHEPHERDS ROD
NOR BELIEVE IT CAME FROM HIS HAND?

HE SEEKS BY THIS PAINFUL THING
FOR A TIME TO CALL YOU APART
TO CRADLE YOU CLOSE IN HIS LOVING ARMS
AND DRAW YOU NEAR TO HIS HEART

SO LOOK UP UNTO YOUR SHEPHERDS EYES
AND EARNESTLY SEEK HIS FACE
AND PROVE IN THE OUR OF WEAKNESS AND NEED
THE SUFFICIENCY OF HIS GRACE

AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Country:
United Kingdom

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About John
A follower of Christ and sinner who needs his grace everyday.

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