Monday, April 30, 2012

The Good Shepherd

My husband likes to tell of the time
he visited a shepherd and his flock.
He offered to take care of the sheep
while the shepherd took a rest.

"Well, you see that's the problem.
See if they'll eat if you give them food."

My husband got the food and 
called out to the sheep.
They did not come near.
When my husband would go near,
they would move away warily.

The farmer then explained,
"They're nearsighted. 
Can't see you.
But they know my voice."

He called out, and they came.

In John 10, Jesus says,
"The sheep will not follow a stranger;
they will run away from him,
because they do not recognize the
voice of a stranger."

Do we know the voice of
our Shepherd?

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  1. Neat story, Patsy! I've been reading Phillip Keller's "A Shepherd's Look at the 23rd Psalm" So rich in imagery of our loving and merciful Savior! Have a blessed day!

  2. So good! Thanks for linking up to Fresh Brewed Sundays.

  3. A meaningful story for us to reflect. Have a great week Patsy!

  4. what a precious story! i love hearing about
    sheep, since i am one!

  5. again, nice reflection of God's words:)

  6. I am so thankful for His voice, in my nearsighted world!

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. To learn that sheep are nearsighted adds a dimension to my understanding of the scripture and about humans. Us normal ones that can see with our eyes sometimes think we know it all and therefore depend on out own instincts rather than on our good shepherd. That is why we get lost. It is our perfect vision that blinds us from what is essentiaL

  8. Beautiful story and beautiful artwork to illustrate it.

  9. Anonymous11:28 AM

    Isn't it awesome that we can hear His voice and know it. Dr. Lynne Anderson wrote a book on leadership called "They Smell Like Sheep" In the book "They Smell Like Sheep", Dr. Lynne Anderson says that a shepherd was with a lamb from the time it was born until its death. A shepherd's job was/is to provide, protect, and serve the sheep. Although not all of us are shepherds we are sheep. How good it is to know the Shepherd.

  10. I forgot it was Good Shepard Sunday, until we headed to Mass on vacation. I smiled when I saw your illustration! Have a marvelous week!

  11. I love how when He calls it's a voice I know! I am so thankful for my Shepherd!

  12. What a wonderful analogy SDG sister! I will often remember it. Thank you for sharing it.

  13. Patsy, this is beautiful. My pastor preached on Psalm 23 this past Sunday and it was so, so sweet. I posted some pictures of your lovely gift over at my place tonight. Thank you again. So much. I almost don't want to frame it because I love all the textures :). How you bless.

  14. I loved this post so much.

  15. Anonymous9:31 AM

    Encouraged so by your words and paintings, drawings, Patsy. A peaceful place to visit.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda


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