Preparing Through Parable: We Know Your Voice






“The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 
John 10:1-5, 14-16






Gentle Shepherds
of this wayward flock
each of us wanting to go
his or her own way

We know your voice
and listen intently
to follow you
where you know we should be

You lead us
to the green pastures
of The Word
to fill up full.

Alongside the still waters
we quench our thirst,
we are comforted
that you point the way.

If one has gone astray
we know you will come looking
until we are searched out
in our hiding place.

We rejoice together
in celebration
of the lost
now found.

You know your sheep
through a full generation
of us thriving
in your love and care.

We know our shepherds.
We know your voice.
We know you were brought to us
through the loving grace of God Himself.

Amen and Amen again.


May my eyes see, my ears hear, my heart understand.  He prepares me with parable.

Pastor Bert and Jane Hitchcock — over 25 years at Wiser Lake Chapel








2 thoughts on “Preparing Through Parable: We Know Your Voice

  1. This is beautiful, Emily, particularly the way in which you have re-phrased parts of this well known popular Psalm, making it intimate, personal and so memorable.

    Four lines in the fifth paragraph struck me in an all-too-familiar way:
    -Our going astray (off on our own, unprotected, vulnerable, ‘doin’ our own thing’ – at our peril)
    -Not trusting (arrogantly assuming?) through our sometimes forgotten or ignored gift of faith – taking our Shepherd for granted – that He WILL come looking for us and WILL maintain and persevere in His search until He finds us and restores us to His protection and care;
    -“…in our hiding place….” Foolish children that we are at times, I think that we assume that we can hide from our Shepherd. We fail to consider or to believe that His love for us is so true, so powerful, so consistent that He will never cease in His search for those who are gone astray, lost, alone, frightened — unprepared to cope with what may lurk in the unknown and unholy alien fields ‘out there.’

    How nice, Emily, that you introduce us to your ‘shepherds’ who lead and care for the faithful in your lovely, close-knit small community place of worship, Wiser Lake Chapel.

    Thank you.


  2. to Emily and aliceny: ah ha! thank you both for seeing beyond what so many mainline churches leave out of the “good news”…..before this old world is done in, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW, and not in judgment, but in restoration. Praise be to GOD alone!


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