feed my sheep

There’s a passage in the book of John where Jesus appears to the disciples and is talking to Peter after the resurrection. It’s one of my favorites.

Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. “Peter, do you love me?” he asks. Each time Peter responds in the affirmative, with what I imagine to be an almost exasperated tone teetering in his voice.  But each time Jesus responds to his “yes Lord, you know I love you” in the same way. He simply says, “feed my sheep.”

On Tuesday I asked if any of you knew of a peaceful place in the mountains where our neighbors could go and begin their long journey of grief and healing. By Wednesday afternoon you had given me a list of eight places where they could go and rest, cost free. All of these offers were from people who have never met these friends of ours.

Thank you.

 Thank you for caring for the brokenhearted.

Thank you for feeding his sheep.

(John 21:15-19)

Lacey RJanuary 7, 2011 - 1:56 pm


NatalieJanuary 7, 2011 - 2:05 pm

That’s awesome. I hope they are able to recover their broken hearts. One step at a time.

MichelleJanuary 7, 2011 - 2:06 pm

This is a beautiful post. I have been thinking of your neighbors.

LisaJanuary 7, 2011 - 2:17 pm

love this. love that people were able to help. love that your friends will get to have the time to grieve and to love together. love that you care so much. love the citation to John. so touching and inspiring. thanks.

TinaJanuary 7, 2011 - 3:20 pm

So glad they were able to get away and begin their healing process. With all the negative we hear about the world, it’s so nice to hear about the good that still exists.

MELISSA HUNNICUTTJanuary 7, 2011 - 4:21 pm

What wonderful, kind people!

AmyJanuary 7, 2011 - 9:56 pm

Wow. That is simply amazing. And inspiring. You have such a gift and it’s awesome that you can use it for such good!

AmyJJanuary 8, 2011 - 10:43 am

Even knowing this story, I was moved to tears … by your words … and the beautiful story they tell. Thank you for sharing, and thank you to all the do-gooders in this world!

JenniferJanuary 8, 2011 - 11:34 am

DeeDee, that is one of the most touching things I’ve read in a long time and brought tears to my eyes. It gives me hope that there is most definitely goodness still left in this world. Bless you for using your resources to help your friends, and bless your readers for coming through. May this respite be the first part in the difficult journey to healing.

sonjaJanuary 8, 2011 - 8:49 pm

very beautiful. Both the post and the beautiful kindness of those sharing Christ’s love to others who are hurting.

carolJanuary 9, 2011 - 2:28 pm

I truly believe that there are more “good” people in this world – than the ones who make the headlines. Thank you for helping this family on a long journey of healing

TracyJanuary 10, 2011 - 3:02 am

My deepest sympathy to your neighbors. We lost my nephew ( 32 years old ) unexpectedly last August…I understand the hurt in their hearts. May they find peace and know that God has a plan…it definitely isn’t our plan but we must Trust in Him. God Bless everyone who responded to your request. Kindness is wonderful.

KellyJanuary 13, 2011 - 8:27 am

Have you ever read the book series “Mark of the Lion” by Francine Rivers? There is a immensely powerful message in the third book about “Feeding my sheep”. As soon as I read your post title it was the first thing I thought of.
It is an amazing, amazing story that you won’t want to put down. You know….in your free time!

adminJanuary 13, 2011 - 12:26 pm

Kelly, I’ve never heard of these books but I’m heading to Amazon right now. Thanks for the recommendation!

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