“Gently Leading Nursing Ewes” Isaiah 40:11

Shepherd is not only aware of the mother's concern for her babies, ...He is also sensitive to it and willingly takes action to help her with her concerns.

Isaiah 40:11 “Gathering Lambs”

Why would a shepherd need to "gather lambs"? What is it like to gather a new lamb? Did you ever consider that when Jesus, your Shepherd, gets the chance to take care of you in your need, in your place of vulnerability, it may actually make Him feel good?? Carrying you thru your difficulties is not a chore to Him, it is gratifying, because He loves you! He likes to hold you close.

Re-discovering Passover and Easter: Which Lamb?

This is "The Kracken", Woolfred, our "male of the first year".  So thankful Jesus paid for my sins, so I never have to sacrifice Woolfred! Leviticus 22 22   "Animals blind or made infirm and weak or maimed, or having sores or a wen [running sore] or an itch or scabs, you shall not offer to the [...]

Rediscovering Luke 15: The Context of the Three Parables

Through the years I have had a hard time understanding the three parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son, as a set; have you? I thought of them as independent stories, often taught as though they are unrelated to one another. Distracted by the details of unfamiliar situations, (having never searched for a sheep, or coin, or been so hungry as to want to eat pig slop), I was challenged get a handle on the underlying message Jesus conveyed. It must have been a really important message, since He tried three different ways to get it across! It's as if He was thinking, "Okay, if they can't relate to that first one, maybe they'll get one of these other two!" Now that my life experience with sheep has given me insight to help me understand one of these stories better I find it easier to see the underlying themes of all three. They hold together far better than I imagined!

Rediscovering The Parabel of the Lost Sheep

The parable of the lost sheep is a story told in 4 sentences: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on [...]

How Sheep Are “Like People”: The Way They See the World Illustrates Our Own Spiritual Perspective

"Like sheep, we can tend to be too clued in to our immediate surroundings, especially when those surroundings produce anxiety, worry, or fear. We may not "see" or remember well what our Shepherd has already done for us, nor be able to "see" very well what He has for us straight ahead. Sometimes when He wants us to move forward, all we can see are the obstacles to what we know He is calling us to do."