‘Twas a Sheep, not a Lamb

Starting in February, I decided to teach devotional thoughts from the two books of Peter.  After I read one of the gospels, I like to read either I and II Peter or the books of I, II, III John, and Jude.  It seems more relative to me that way.  You might want to try that too.  In the introductory lesson I asked the group what they already knew about the person of Peter.  To my dismay, they didn’t know much.

I have been on an adventure since that first class to integrate the life of Peter with what he wrote in his letters to the churches he probably founded.  Needless to say, it has been a challenge, but it just makes me dig deeper.  It is good to do but I would not have dug so much these past weeks without taking on the personal challenge before me.

Along the way, a friend of mine posted this poem on Facebook and I shared it with my group this morning.  It walks hand in hand with Luke 15, John 21, and I Peter 5.  The poem is written by Minnie Lee Bovender.

‘Twas a sheep, not a lamb, that strayed away

In the parable Jesus told,

A grown-up sheep that had gone astray

From the ninety and nine in the fold.


Out in the meadow, out in the cold,

‘Twas a sheep the Good Shepherd sought.

Back to the flock, and into the fold,

‘Twas a sheep the Good Shepherd brought.


Why, for the sheep, should we earnestly long,

And so earnestly hope and pray?

Because there is danger, if they go wrong,

They will lead the young lambs astray.


For the lambs follow the sheep, you know,

Wherever the sheep may stray;

If the sheep go wrong, it will not be long

‘Til the lambs are as wrong as they.


So, with the sheep we earnestly plead

For sake of the lambs today,

If the lambs are lost, what a terrible cost

Some sheep may have to pay.


If I knew how to make those stanzas single spaced, I would.  It frustrates me that this particular pages does this.  It is single spaced on my document.  When I paste, this is what I get.  If anyone cares to give advice, I’ll correct this in the future.




  1. Hi,

    That poem so rightly pointed out what God’s word also points out… We are responsible for caring for our children and all Christians (some adults are actually lambs, you know) — and to never mislead them…. I hope everybody seriously takes that to heart.

    Regarding your request, a WordPress tech helped me with that a few years ago… She said: 1… Type it all out in one line, with a number of spaces at each “end of a line”, where you want to start a new, single spaced line….. 2…. Then click on the tab that says “Text View”, which is at the upper right of what you are wanting to post….. 3…. Find your poem in that “text” copy…. 4…. At the beginning of each word that starts a new line, hit the enter key on your keyboard….. 5…. If you want an extra space between verses, just hit the enter key a second time…. 6…. Go back to the tab for the original view, the “Visual” view, and it will all be nicely and correctly laid out for you.

    Then, if you wish to indent the whole poem, highlight it all, and click the “Quotation Mark” icon near the top of your post where all those other icons are….

    I hope this is clearer than mud…

    Have a blessed day.


    • Wow, I just copied the instructions you gave. Makes me want to find a poem to publish to see how that works. Thanks a BUNCH! And thank you for the kind comment as well.

  2. I like to use it in quoting verses from the Psalms, Proverbs, and other passages that are formatted in a poetic format…. It wouldn’t even hurt to practice a bit on anything you want and you can always delete it later…. It sure does look better….

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