I have always questioned the parable of the lost sheep. Why was the shepherd (Christ) so concerned about one lost sheep when He had ninety-nine others to tend? Was it not more important to guide and protect those sheep than to leave them to find the one that had gone missing?
Then my cousin sent me poem, and I understood, as I should have before, the significance of that lost sheep, especially if that sheep were a mother with lambs to care for. For when a woman is lost, she may take her babies with her.
By C.C. Miller
’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.
This I know for sure: a lost sheep can mean a lost generation.