On Behalf of Scattered Sheep

When the lion comes and the bear attacks,
Sheep tremble in fear and distress,
With none to guard and with none to guide,
They scatter and flee from known paths.
And their cries resound,
Shepherds… where are you?

When ground gives way and crumbles beneath,
Sheep stumble and fall, breaking limbs,
With none to lift and none to bind,
They lie helpless in pain and alone.
And their cries echo,
Shepherds… where are you?

When rock covered land offers no food,
Sheep hunger and thirst without ease,
With none to feed and none to tend,
They starve and in weakness they waste.
And their cries call out,
Shepherds… where are you?

When pest and disease bring harm and destroy,
Sheep suffer and bleakly lie still,
With none to care and none to heal,
They cry in their anguish and moan.
And their cries repeat,
Shepherds… where are you?

The Good Shepherd hears,
The Good Shepherd comes,
He rescues and tends
every lamb,
He gathers His sheep,
brings them into His fold,
And He turns,
asks the shepherds,
Where were you?

My sheep were in danger,
My sheep needed aid,
My sheep had no pasture or stream,
My sheep knew despair as they languished alone,
Where were you?

Where were you?

The Shepherd, William Keith; Public Domain.

The first poem I posted was titled Reflections on 2 Corinthians 1:1–11. This one was written several years ago in response to circumstances in my life after reflecting on Ezekiel 34. I don’t write poetry often, but at times it is the only way to give voice to my innermost feelings. The concise form and use of words in poetry gives expression to intense emotions in the same way a narrow channel intensifies the flow of water. I’ve come to understand why the Psalms and why Job were written in poetry—I don’t think prose could have conveyed the intensity of emotions experienced.

I have done my Bible reading for the day, and I hope to post on it later. May God bless you, and may He answer quickly the cries of His sheep.

Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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