No Ordinary Sheep – a poem by Ruth Bell Graham

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Ruth Bell Graham from Sitting by My Laughing Fire

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Those were no ordinary sheep*

no common flocks,

huddled in sleep

among the fields,

the layered rocks,

near Bethlehem

That Night;

but those

selected for the Temple sacrifice:

theirs to atone

for sins

they had not done.

 

How right

the angels should appear

to them

That Night.

 

Those were no usual shepherds

there,

but outcast shepherds

whose unusual care

of special sheep

made it impossible to keep

Rabbinic law,

which therefore banned them.

 

How right

the angels should appear

to them

That night.

 

*Luke 2 (see Alfred Edersheim, Jesus the Messiah)

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16 Comments

  1. Kathy says:

    Ruth was connected to the Holy Spirit, He blessed her with this lovely gift! I truly enjoy her writing.

  2. Kathy says:

    We are the Shepherds in the sense of once being separated from Jesus due to sin. These men were physically unclean but sin made them spiritually stagnate.

  3. Kathy says:

    We are the Shepherds in the sense of once being separated from Jesus due to sin. These men were physically unclean but sin made them spiritually stagnate.

  4. Wanda says:

    Great Poem, a true blessing. I am most
    grateful that you shared it.

  5. Wanda says:

    Great Poem, a true blessing. I am most
    grateful that you shared it.

  6. Chris watts says:

    Love it she was so talented

  7. Chris watts says:

    Love it she was so talented

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  12. Susan says:

    Thank you!

  13. Susan says:

    Thank you!

  14. Marie Solange says:

    Beautiful.

  15. Marie Solange says:

    Beautiful.