As seen in the last post of Scripture in this Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary, it’s mostly about sheep and a Good Shepherd. I found the following quotes on sheep and shepherds. I’m still looking for sheep humor, so please send any (clean, of course) along:
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. Abraham Lincoln. Source
In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself. Albert Einstein Source
Without a shepherd, the sheep are not a flock. Russian Proverb Source
A cartoon that shows two sheep looking at a crowd of people and one of the sheep is saying, “All we like people have gone astray.” Source
Thomas Merton’s famous prayer (Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999), p. 79) fits right in with this theme as well:
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.