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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Black Sheep of the Family (10/03/13)

TITLE: "Baa, baa"
By Donna Carrico
10/08/13


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According to Wikipedia, "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" is an English nursery rhyme the earliest surviving version of which dates from 1731. I can hear those brain cells ticking as you recall the well known rhyme. The rhyme originally is thought to be connected to Medieval English taxes on wool and that it is about the slave trade. It has acquired many different meanings through the ages. The most common one believes that a “black sheep” is someone in your family that is weird or someone who brings others bad luck.

“Baa, baa”. Did you hear that? That’s me crying out for help. I often feel like others branded me as the black sheep of the family. Because of the abuse I suffered from early infancy into my teenage years, I was so isolated. I was not allowed to have many friends or family near for fear I would tell the big secret. Therefore, it was often mistakenly believed that I thought I was too good to participate in family gatherings, or too snooty to have friends. As an adult, I am still branded as no one really took the time to get to know the real me.

With my Lords help, I have healed and now I spend my life listening. I listen for the other black sheep in the world. I want so much to give them the comfort, love and support I never had as a child. How I longed for someone just to hear my silent, “Baa, baa”. I tried occasionally to reach out, but was met with disbelief or just plain ignorance of how to deal with such a hurt creature. There were also times I was abused even more by others.

Jesus is referred to as the lamb slain from the foundation of the world in Revelation 13:8. The Holy Bible refers to us as sheep in Psalm 100:3. Jesus doesn’t care what color we are. He says His sheep will hear His voice in John 10:27. I am so thankful that I heard His voice. He loves the black sheep I am familiar with. He wants them to come to him for pasture. He wants them to come to him for the comfort they deserve. He wants to offer them a home free from abuse and fear.

Revelation 7:17 (KJV)
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

All the black sheep who overcome will be given a robe of white.

Revelation 3:5 (KJV)
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life?

Will you help? Will you listen for the “Baa, baa” of the little black sheep of this world?


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Camille (C D) Swanson 10/11/13
Thank you for sharing this intense devotional and story. Beautiful and powerful message.

God bless~
Colin Swann10/15/13
Challenging article. Yes, we're all black sheep saved by an immaculate Saviour.

Thanks for the reminder!