Jesus said, "Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers." Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:1-10
Trying to keep them safe
as they go out and in
finding them suitable pasture
is a mother's constant care.
Incapable of fending for themselves
unable to walk but a few steps
these little lambs are easily lost
and more taken advantage of.
Innocence makes them vulnerable
curiosity makes them dangeous
the world around is wondrous
but often the smallest are overlooked.
God has promised a gatekeeper
one who will watch night and day
one who will guard them when we cannot
who will lead them when we get lost.
Mothers and fathers need a Savior
for we were once innocent too
and we are often wandering misdirected
and need a savior to call us back home.
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.