’Twas a sheep not a lamb
That strayed away in the parable Jesus told,
A grown-up sheep that strayed away
From the ninety and nine in the fold.
And why for the sheep should we seek
And earnestly hope and pray?
Because there is danger when sheep go wrong:
They lead the lambs astray.
Lambs will follow the sheep, you know,
Wherever the sheep may stray.
When sheep go wrong,
It won’t take long till the lambs are as wrong as they.
And so with the sheep we earnestly plead
For the sake of the lambs today,
For when the sheep are lost
What a terrible cost
The lambs will have to pay.
The Echo by C.C. Miller
I heard this poem for the first time in at our Church's General Conference this April. It really touched me and want to pass it along to you; it points out the awesome responsibility of parenting.
A few weeks ago our family went to Joe's Valley, a favorite place to do a bit of mild cliff jumping. On the way there, and then again on departing we found some sheep and some lambs who had wandered away from the fold; I thought of the poem, "The Echo" when I saw them wandering.
A sheep farmer had been moving his sheep from one field to another; they had got lost and were on the road. As we approached them to take a picture, they would speed up as soon as we got close. This sheep had led its lambs astray.
The water level is very high at Joe's Valley this year; it will lower throughout the summer as it is drained for irrigation purposes.
Some pictures of my lambs jumping in. The water was so cold when I first jumped in that I panicked a bit!
These are actually very low and fun to jump off. No, I am not a sheep leading my lambs astray.
I hope you have a great Sunday.