Friday, August 22, 2008

The Shepherd seeking His sheep

Strange and marvellous are the ways which God has used to find his own. He would shake a whole nation with his strong right hand to find his own elect. He would shake all nations, and bring the whole world to unparalleled confusion before he would suffer one of the blood-bought pearls of his crown to be lost among the ruins of the fall. He must and will seek them out, as the shepherd seeketh out his sheep in the cloudy and dark day, bringing some of them down from the steep summit, others from the caverns among the crags; some from the river’s brink, others from the flood itself — all must be brought into one place, where they shall form one fold, under one Shepherd.

From a sermon entitled "Am I Sought Out?," delivered August 23, 1863. Flickr photo by Jule_Berlin; some rights reserved.

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