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I’ve seen a shepherd’s compassion for one of his little sheep.

As he listened, once more, with much patience and care

Hunched down beside her; looked into her eyes,

Then touched her arm gently and offered a prayer.

I‘ve seen a shepherd’s tenderness for one of his little sheep.

As he sang hymns of comfort; of God’s amazing grace

To one at heaven’s gate eager to leave this world behind.

Reverently, softly, just one more time, he touched this dying face.

I’ve seen a shepherd’s protection for one of his little sheep.

As he spoke words of kindness, encouragement, hope

To one confused, downcast and wounded.

He gave that heart refuge and taught it to cope.

I’ve seen a shepherd’s passion for all of his precious sheep.

As he led them and fed them at lush pastures ~ so green!

Served up Living Water to all who were thirsty!

He worked hard without breaks ~behind the scene.

I want all shepherds to never forget that we appreciate

All things we’ve seen (and haven’t seen) as for God’s sheep you care.

Just to remind you ~ we do remember you

With grateful hearts, with genuine love and faithfulness in prayer.

May our Great Shepherd reward each servant heart

As you make time for ministry, wherever you’re called to care!

May we work together in unity ~ faithfully

Until we worship with saints at His Throne up there!

Karin Ristau


Doris Sturm said...

Lovely poem, Karin! Isn't it nice to know there's someone to watch over you?

Wishing you a blessed weekend.

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful Karin!

Linda said...

Wow Karin that was very moving!
I love how what you wrote is a picture of a compassionate shepherd tending His sheep. And singing hymns of comfort as he touched their dying face. Wow! Such love!

The day my mom passed on to heaven the Lord spoke this verse to my heart...Isa.43:1 and I see you have this on your sidebar. It is so very special to me.

I love how our wonderful Lord is so merciful and kind to His stubborn sheep. Amazing Grace!
How Sweet The Sound That Saved A Wretch Like Me!

Love you,

ellen b. said...

That's just beautiful Karin!

Sandy said...

Very nice, Karin.

Karen said...

Karin, This is exquisite! Thank you for sharing this.

Glenda said...

Love the beautiful word picture you've painted! We certainly owe our earthly shepherds much gratitude! Jesus has so many beautiful names, but Shepherd is one of my favorites.

Thanks for sharing your God-given, amazing talent of writing!

George said...

This is a wonderful poem that contains much truth. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous, Karin. I love thinking of Jesus as our Shepherd... He cares about ALL of us---and EACH of us... Praise God!!!

Ginny said...

What a lovely poem, and thoughts!! I just took some sheep pictures last week, and I must say they seem like the stupidest animals I've ever photographed. I imagine out shepherd thinks that about us a lot, but still he loves and watches over us. Commenting very late today, went out of town and just got back, it's nearly midnight, so I hope you see this!

Lady Dorothy said...

Lovely and reverent. Wonderful word pictures. Thank you.

Jan said...

Such a gift to be able to convey your thoughts in this genre.
Beautiful poem and truths.
Love, Jan

Connie Barris said...

how beautiful....

called to care!!! love it

love ya Karin


Peg said...

Thank you for this timely message - our pastor has just resigned for personal reasons, and I want to forward this encouragement to him. Blessings, Peg

herbrokenwing said...


Beautifully Awkward

C said...

Such a precious poem, Karin, thank you for writing it, and thank you for sharing ♥