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As soon as I came across this lone lamb, I was reminded of the old hymn by Ira Sankey, based on Matthew 18:13….

*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.
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,
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 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;
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 are pierced tonight by many a thorn;
They are pierced tonight by many a thorn.”

And all through the mountains, thunder riven
And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a glad 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!
Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!”*


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I often stand in awe and admire the beauty of God’s Creation. The colours, textures, tones and shapes,especially the way the light falls and reflects, thus revealing things often overlooked, particularly during the grandeur of a sunrise or sunset, or the spectacle of a rainbow.
I really just want to try and capture and share some of what I see as “The Creator’s Handiwork”.

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  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 6 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleabout 6 years ago

    Goosebumps. Bubblemail on its way!

  • Rachael Taylor
    Rachael Taylorabout 6 years ago

    Amazing picture. sheep looks so small against the beautiful country background. Lovely shot

  • Ruth Palmer
    Ruth Palmerabout 6 years ago

    Hallelujah! Brilliant Phil!

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful image & words Phil, I am rejoicing here, this is awesome!

  • Mayina
    Mayinaabout 6 years ago

    Brilliant shot

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69about 6 years ago

    wow..great words with a marvellous image. Well done Phil :D

  • digitalmidge
    digitalmidgeabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Phil, what a lovely looking lamb…I hope he found his way home..;-)

  • Dave Law
    Dave Lawabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful image Phil and an excellent scripture reference for it.

  • Maximus
    Maximusabout 6 years ago

    Phil, what talent the image and Ira’s old words, wow, just brilliant. :)

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