Category Archives: Sheep

Lent 2 B: Drawn Near by Our Pain

The Readings for the Second Sunday of Lent are… Old Testament      Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16 Psalm                    Psalm 22:23–31 New Testament     Romans 4:13–25 Gospel                   Mark 8:31–38 or Mark 9:2–9 Early morning, the spring before last, I looked out … Continue reading

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Farewell to Bilbo

Frodo was the best of mentors to four-month-old Bilbo nine years ago. Photo by John It is a heavy thing to be responsible for an animal. So, for weeks I had a weight on my chest and uneasy sleep because … Continue reading

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Easter 4 C: Recognizing Care

The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter are: First Reading        Acts 9:36–43 Psalm                    Psalm 23 New Testament      Revelation 7:9–17 Gospel                   John 10:22–30 Our psalm and Gospel readings focus on shepherding. Revelation on Christ the Lamb, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Living on God’s Timeline

It’s that time of year on Heatherhope Farm. We eagerly await and methodically make preparations for the arrival of newborn lambs beginning in a couple of weeks. Of course, to mark time, we also anxiously consult our human contrivances. The … Continue reading

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Epiphany 3 C: The World’s Wordless Whispers

The readings for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany are: Old Testament      Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–6, 8–10 Psalm                    Psalm 19 New Testament     1 Corinthians 12:12–31a Gospel                   Luke 4:14–21 The whole idea of the Epiphany season of the … Continue reading

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“It’s Life!” Happy New Sheep Year!

Do you want a hint about the secret to hopefulness in dismal, pandemic times? Talk to a shepherd or a shepherd’s family looking forward to lambing time. They may anticipate days or even weeks of hard work and sleepless days … Continue reading

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Pentecost 8B: Tucker Carlson, Vaccines, and the Gathering God

The readings for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament      Jeremiah 23:1–6 Psalm                    Psalm 23 New Testament     Ephesians 2:11–22 Gospel                   Mark 6:30–34, 53–56 Well, the latest, is that Tucker Carlson has told his loyal followers … Continue reading

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Fresh Blessings of Spring

In the darkest days of the siege of Jerusalem–surrounded by the miseries of starvation and spiritual despair, the author of Lamentations wrote that the Lord’s mercies never end, but they are new every morning. If this witness could see fresh … Continue reading

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It’s Life! Lambs at Heatherhope

Consideration of torn ligaments, aching joints and joint replacements have caused Connie and me to not breed and lamb these past couple of years. The absence of lambs has left a hollowness in our lives each spring. Because, like all … Continue reading

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