Bummer Lamb

Bummer Lamb

Every once in a while, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it. There are lots of reasons she may do this. If the shepherd tries to return the lamb, the mother might even kick the baby away. Once a ewe rejects a lamb, she will never change her mind.

The little lamb will hang their head so low that it looks like something is wrong with their little necks. Their spirit is broken.

These lambs are called “bummer lambs.”

Unless the shepherd intervenes, that little lamb will die – rejected and alone.

Do you know what the shepherd usually does?

The shepherd will take that rejected little lamb into their home, hand-feed it and keep it warm. They will wrap it up with blankets and hold it to their chest so the little lamb can hear their heartbeat.

Once the lamb is strong enough, the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock.

That sheep never forgets the shepherd’s love and care when their mother rejected them. When the shepherd calls for the flock, guess which sheep runs first? That sheep knows the shepherd’s voice.

The bummer lamb isn’t loved more, it just knows intimately the one who loves it. It trusts the shepherd because it has experienced love.

I can’t remember for sure who told me this years ago. But it made an impression on me in many ways.

Have a good day.