rescuer of sheep

Shepherd on the way to Hampta Pass by Raja Selvaraj (Sheperd) [CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

When I want to run – hold me.
When I want to turn away – turn me around.
When I want to hide – race me to my hiding place and win.
When I want to hurt others – deflect my aim.
When I want to hurt myself – love me.
When I cry – grab me quickly
   and rock me safely
   in your strong arms.

Ruth Burgess, British author of the Iona Community


For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.
As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them,
   so will I look after my sheep.
I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered
   on a day of clouds and darkness.

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