The Hundredth Sheep

February 7, 2012

In honor of the story in this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson from Luke 15:4-6:

The Hundredth Sheep

Rosanna Woodard

 Love, let me, like the hundredth sheep, come back.

Pride’s towering mountains loom so grim and black.

I stumbled on the stones of stubbornness,

Refused Thy guiding staff, Thy rod’s caress.

But here the chasms yawn before me deep.

Wolves howl.  Thorns tear my flesh.  The rocks are steep.

I am so weary with the road I roam –

Love, seek me out and bring me safely home

To be Thy hundredth sheep.

The shepherd, when he counted up his own,

Was not content with ninety-nine alone.

(So innocent, so inoffensive, free

From taint of error or iniquity,

His sheep dwell safe and warm within his fold –

They never wander in the dark and cold.)

But always, when he counted, he could see

He had a hundred sheep, and counted me

Among the faithful sheep.

Love, let me, like the hundredth sheep, rejoice

That now I hear and hearken to Thy voice –

Abundantly rejoice that heaven’s bliss,

The harmony I have regained, is this:

To know Thy law, Thy government, Thy reign,

Meekly to walk the way Thy Word makes plain.

Love never saw a wayward sheep, or bad.

The loving Shepherd always knew he had

A hundred faithful sheep!

May 1948 CS Journal

Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link.  If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.

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