Easter Lamb Triplets

Easter reminds us that Christ has defeated Death and gives us new life every moment.

An essential truth to remember these days of pandemic, war, and uncertainty.

Lambs born on Easter add an exclamation mark! And triplet lambs three exclamation marks!!!

Of course the adrenaline was pumping strongly this Easter, April 17, 2022, when John had to leave early to travel an hour to St. Luke Lutheran Church, in Glen Ellyn, IL–the church he retired from a dozen years ago–to preach and preside at Easter Day festival worship. Just as he was ready to run out the door Connie spied a lone lamb in the feedlot. When she went into the barn, which is connected to the lot, she saw a mother with two lambs.

Who did the lone lamb belong to? It is a grave problem if you mismatch mothers and lambs. So, with phone calls back and forth to John on the highway, and with a little confirmation from our great friend, Chauncey, who sped over to help, Connie thought things through and saw that none of the remaining ewes in the feedlot had telltale bloody fluids on their rear legs. So the loner was a triplet!

Connie shut the barn door to the other ewes and brought the loner lamb into a lambing pen, and then convinced the mother to follow the other two into that same pen. Of course, the strong, plaintive bleating of the loner lamb helped convince mother.

Often times one of a set of triplets will languish because it’s not getting the milk and attention of the others. But this mother is exceptionally calm, attentive, and productive. So all three lambs, a week on, are doing wonderfully.

And wonderfully goes life in this world where Christ is changing everything!

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About John

John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has served congregations for over 40 years, including in rural, suburban, campus ministry and urban settings. His love of Border Collie sheepdogs has been fortified by his many friendships with shepherds all around the world. Nothing he has ever or will ever accomplish is as significant as the patience God, his wife and his friends have shown in putting up with his deficiencies.
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