Sunday, July 7, 2019

Return of the sheep

After Ezekiel 34:11-24

It’s not only the simple matter
of the sheep coming home
from places scattered;
it is more. It begins 
with the noticing of absence,
which assumes the understanding
of presence; then comes
the seeking out, the search. 
The shepherd goes forward,
looking. And more: the search
isn’t only the simple matter
of looking, but extends to rescue
from wherever the sheep
have been scattered on that day
of clouds and darkness. And
then the sheep are led home.

Photograph by Adrian Infernus via Unsplash. Used with permission.