(Hawick News Pulpit view – Friday 5th August 2011)
Remember my young nephew who was fascinated with “scat”? Well the family is back for another visit. He was also intrigued by the ever-present sheep. So right now we may be perched on the Dunion watching the sheep dog trials.
Sheep were a major part of life in Bible times. In the familiar 23rd Psalm thatDavidwrote about God as his shepherd. Sheep are fairly defenceless creatures, and needed protection from wild animals, and healing for cuts from sharp rocks.
I know of no bears in the Borders, and the grass is usually green. But sheep do wander across the roads in search of tastier food – as I discovered up by Priesthaugh recently.
Sheep are not completely daft. They recognise faces and will not follow a strange voice. Sadly we humans are not always so wise in our choices. The Bible says, “We all like sheep have gone astray.” But Jesus came to be the Good Shepherd who would lead us back to God. This weekend whether you’re watching the sheepdog trials, following the footie or just chilling out, make sure you’re listening to the right voice in your path of life.
(Photo from Wikimedia by CmacMillan under licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/deed.en)