The sheep in the snow

Earlier this year I watched a news item from Scotland that showed the outcome of an unusually heavy snowfall. One scene showed a flock of sheep that had been overwhelmed by the storm—each sheep was standing, unmoving, under many inches of snow! Then along came a shepherd and dug each stunned little creature out of its snowy cave, gave it a hug, and patted it down until it regained some normality and was able to walk off on its own. Then off the shepherd went to the next snow mound. This went on until all the sheep were uncovered, coaxed into coming to themselves, and released. The last scene showed the flock in a distant pasture, grazing, having returned to peace and contentment.

The next morning as I was quietly praying, I remembered that scene. I thought about how there are times when we find ourselves overwhelmed by some storm—perhaps a health challenge, a relationship problem, or a financial situation—and feel as if we’re in well over our heads. Yet, for us, too, there is our Shepherd, divine Love. Love finds us, rescues us, embraces us, comforts us, till we feel like our true selves again—and, having found a healing solution, we are able to join the flock once more. How reassuring!

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