SHEPHERD and LAMB
Author: Nancy Hines, serves as director of nursery/preschool/morning playschool
Born in Indiana, where I was raised, my parents set a good
example of servant hood. My mother was a primary director for more
than 25 years, and my father was a deacon in church for more than
35 years. And there, the foundation of my faith and my longing to
be a servant of Christ began.
My father, a mortician, gave me a healthy view of death and
eternal life through JESUS. At nine years old, one of my very best
little friends died of Leukemia. Though I had seen and even played
around caskets, I had never seen one with a lamb on it, as Jana's
had. I asked daddy why, and he explain that GOD was our Shepherd
and we are HIS sheep, but it is our choice to hear HIM. I wanted to
hear HIM. I wanted to know HIM. I accepted CHRIST as my SAVIOR just
a few days after Jana's funeral, and later surrendered to HIM as my
LORD at 22 years old in a hospital crying out to GOD for the life
of my second child. At this time, we had already lost one child and
did not think I could bear losing another. Something happened in my
prayer, crying out to the LORD. I knew that HE would carry me when
I am weak, walk with me when I am lonely, and I wanted HIM there.
HE had become my MASTER and LORD of my life.
I have made the choice to serve CHRIST, knowing I will stand
accountable and knowing that HE loved me when it didn't feel as
though anyone else did. Married at 19 years old, my husband, Chris,
and I have kept GOD seated on the throne of our marriage. We have
lost a child, given birth to two other sons, parented 16 foster
children, adopting five, parented special care children, lost
everything thing we owned in hurricane Hugo, faced unemployment a
total of about 4 years and have been caregivers to my parents and
sibling-- baring responsibility for literal life and death
decisions. Thank you, perfect SHEPHERD, for rescuing me from
the bramble and wolves of this world, and for making YOUR SON the
perfect LAMB, sacrificed for our sins.