‘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.