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Saturday, 6 May 2017

One seeking me in sorrow

The parable of the Good Shepherd giving His life for the sheep, how simple it is, and how it speaks to the heart? And that love is not only for the flock as a whole, but for each individual sheep—ever leaving the ninety and nine to go after that which is gone astray. And how tenderly will He seek for it, and, if so be that He find it, carry it home rejoicing!

Yes, I feel it now, if I did not feel it then, that all through my sinful life there was One seeking me in sorrow and in hope, ay—and finding me again and again! But I would not stay in the fold, preferring my own dark ways to His watchful guidance. I would not, and lo, I am lost!

Letters from Hell, L. W. J. S., Richard Bentley & Son, London, 1889