The Ninety And Nine Poem by Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane

The Ninety And Nine

There were ninety and nine that safely lay
In the shelter of the fold;
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold,
Away on the mountains wild and bare,
Away from the tender Shepherd's care.

'Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine-
Are they not enough for Thee?'
But the Shepherd made answer, 'This of Mine
Has wandered away from Me;
And although the road be rough and steep
I go to the desert to find My sheep.'

But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night that the Lord passed through
Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry,
Sick and helpless and ready to die.

'Lord, whence are those blood drops all the way
That mark out the mountain's track?'
'They were shed for one who had gone astray,
Ere the Shepherd could bring him back.'
'Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?'
'They were pierced tonight by many a thorn.'

And all through the mountains, thunder-riven,
And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a cry to the gate of heaven,
'Rejoice, I have found My sheep!'
And the angels echoed around the throne,
'Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own.'

Vashti Crooks 04 September 2022

Thou I have wondered so far from God, he went all the way to the valley of Calvary took all my sins to save me. Thank you Lord for saving grace! !

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Morgan S Camp 23 December 2017

So true how much God loves His people that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save those who will proclaim Him Lord and Saviour! Thank you God for Your Love! In Jesus' holy holy name! Amen.

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