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No Ordinary Sheep

The older I get the more I enjoy and have a greater understanding of my grandmother, Ruth Bell Graham’s, poems. Through her writings, I feel she is still teaching me a greater biblical understanding on life, on motherhood, as a wife, and as a child of God. I cherish her poetry more and more  as I read it. I just recently came across this Christmas poem written by her many years ago, and I thought I would share.

No Ordinary Sheep

Those were no ordinary sheep,

no common flocks,

huddled in sleep

among the fields,

the layered rocks,

near Bethlehem

That Night;

but those

selected for the Temple sacrifice:

theirs to atone

for sins

they had not done.

How right

the angels should appear

to them

That Night.

Those were no usual shepherds

there, but outcast shepherds

whose unusual care

of special sheep

made it possible to keep

Rabbinic law,

which therefore banned them.

How right

the angels should appear

to them

That Night.

For more of my grandmother’s collections check out Ruth’s Attic.

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