The Lost Sheep

They look intently at each other
a lost little lamb
and a haloed shepherd.

The perch is perilous,
one wrong move
and the gaping abyss
lies waiting for the fall.

Finger tips gripping the cliff’s edge
He reaches out to help
the sheep in distress.
His foothold seems to slip
in sandaled feet leaning over
to rescue the frightened one.

A bird of prey hovers above
eager to swoop down for lunch
if the woolly one
tumbles below.
The moment of decision has come.
stay struggling or
grip the offered hand.

Life is a delicate balance
and the choice is mine.
Follow the God of love
to build his kingdom,
or veer off the beaten track.

The shepherd’s tireless call
punctuates my thoughts
and hesitation is blown away
in the cool mountain air.
I want to be saved
bubbles up to the surface.

Love beyond compare
touches my soul
and I am forever changed
to now call others
into a circle of divine life.


Visio Divina of Alfred Usher Soord’s The Lost Sheep

Viola Athaide is a student in the Windows of Theology program at Regis College, Toronto. She currently teaches Scripture at her local parish church.

  • Indira Breiter-Noro
    Posted at 08:52h, 18 June Reply

    Love it Viola!

  • Stan Vincelli
    Posted at 10:10h, 18 June Reply

    Really beautiful , thanks .

  • Jacqui Hubbard
    Posted at 18:57h, 18 June Reply

    Your messages are always inspirational to me. I will never be able to look at this picture again without seeing it as you see it.
    Thank you, my friend, and God bless you for sharing your faith and love with us.

  • Lorella D'Cruz
    Posted at 20:27h, 18 June Reply

    I’d like to commend Viola on her beautiful verse interpretation of Soord’s evocative painting of the Good Shepherd, encouraging us to meditate on our relationship with our Saviour in a spirit of trust in His never-failing grace.

  • Patricia Burns
    Posted at 11:52h, 20 June Reply

    Dear Viola, Beautiful painting and a very inspiring poem. Thank you!

  • Ana Maria Rodriguez
    Posted at 16:39h, 22 June Reply

    Gods love is eager to be with us at all times. He loves us above all. !!!!!!
    Thanks Viola for being at all times teaching us with your lovable example prayers and vocation to teach
    God Bless you
    Your forever student
    Ana María

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