Updated: Mar 31

What's in a name?

"Whats in a name? That which we call a sheep. By any other name would smell as...dank."

So why on earth are we called Lost Sheep Guiding? Are we really good at losing sheep or are we just really bad at navigating?

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Grazing sheep in the stunning Glen Nevis.

One of my favourite stories is a parable that was told by Jesus. The parable of the Lost Sheep.

In the story there is a farmer who owns 100 sheep and one of his sheep goes missing. Jesus asks the question “wouldn’t the farmer leave the 99 and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” I imagine the farmer looking across the entire hillside, searching far and wide. Traipsing through heather, crossing rivers and climbing steep banks all just to find this one sheep. He then says that “when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says,

‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

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Genuine lost sheep in Coire an t-sneachda

There are certainly times in my life when I have been pretty lost. Literally and metaphorically. I love this story because it tells me that no matter what I’ve done or where I am I cannot get away from God’s grace. He will search for me all over the mountains just to bring me home and when he has found me He’s going to have a massive party in heaven.

So we are called Lost Sheep Guiding because I believe that no matter who you are, what you’ve done or how lost you feel the opportunity to be found is there for us all.