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“Poor Lil’ Brack Sheep”

by Ethyl M.C. Brazelton

“Poor lil’ brack sheep that stray’d away
Done los’ in de win’ and rain
An’de shepherd he say: “oh, hirlin’
Go and find my sheep again.”
An de hirlin’ froun, “Oh, Shepherd,
“Dat sheep am brack and bad..”
But de Shepherd, he smile like de brack sheep
Wuz de onliest lamb he had”

“An’ he say, “O hirelin’, hasten!
For de win’ an’ de rain am col’
An dat lil’ brack sheep am lonesome
Out dere so far from de fol'”.
An’ de hirelin froun, “O Shepherd,
Dat sheep am old and grey.”
But de Shepherd he smile like de brack sheep,
Wuz fair as de break ob day.

An he say, “o hirelin’, hasten”
Lo, here is de ninety an’ nine,
But dere way off from de sheepfol’,
Is dat lil’ brack sheep of mine.”
An’ de hirelin froun, “O Shepherd,
De rest ob de sheep am here”
But de Shepherd he smile like de brack sheep,
He hol’ it mostes’ dear.

An’ de Shepherd go out in de darkness,
Where de night was col’ and bleak,
An de lil’ brack sheep, he fin’ it,
An he lay it agains’ his cheek.
An de hirelin’ froun, “o, Shepherd,
Don’ bring dat sheep to me.”
But de Shepherd, he smile, an’ he hol’ it close,
An’ de lil’ brack sheep is me!


THORNS by Big Methusaleh

Is it possible that brothers and sisters are hurt and angry because Christians have offended them in some way – judged them, mistreated them, scorned them because of the way they look or because of their politics? Or because they challenged the authority that abused its position?

Oh yes – I’ve seen it, experienced it, and have witnessed the wreckage that we Christians can produce on those who don’t fit our Christian mold. Shame on us, and shame on anyone who can’t see this or won’t admit it.

Our “formulaic” belief system is not what God designed for us to pass along to the world. We’ve got to really love people, like Jesus did, and apply salve – not salt – to people’s wounds.

Have you offended anyone, or caused them to question their faith in God or in Christianity?

Who’s right here? Who is the greatest?

Matthew 18

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. 6But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

7“Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! 8If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.[a]

12“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

So what do we do now?

Shepherd Rescuing Lamb

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