Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sheep Into the Midst of Wolves

Jesus said, "See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." Matthew 10:16-22

Sheep Into the Midst of Wolves

We remain ever vilgilant
listening even while we eat
staying together so as not to lose
the little ones who like to wander.

We are sheep among the wolves
without sharp tools and defences
people never meant for combat
the innocents caught in the crossfire.

We are those dedicated to peace
to finding green pastures
those willing to be lead by love
always ready to return home.

We know too well our vulnerability
but will not raise a hand to retaliate
love has been our shepherd and guide
and we will follow ever where he leads.

There is no safe pasture for us
just the trust in Divine  shepherd
who, despite the hungry wolves aurrounding
will bring us beyond this dark night.

It is a world of cruel and hungry wolves
doing what comes natural to them
we remain as we were sent forth
Sheep into the midst of wolves.

We are never alone and never hungry
fragile and vulnerable though we are
we are guided by light and love
never needing to destroy to live.

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