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Herding Sheep

Updated: Nov 15, 2019





In the novel, “The Solace of Leaving Early” by Haven Kimmel (which I highly

recommend!) there is a preacher who ruminates about his sermons. He tells of

seeing a nature program on the habit of herding dogs. Apparently there are two

types of herders; one gathers the sheep in by running at the sheep, barking at them

and nipping at their heels. The other pretends to be a sheep.


Which kind of God do you believe in?


Honest to God

I pray (to)

Our Father who art not in heaven*,

because heaven’s just too far away.

I need a god who has dirt

under his fingernails, mud

between his toes, a tear-

stained face. A god

whose eyesight Is failing,

who has insomnia

and an aching back.

A god who has lost a job,

lost a home, lost a child.

A god who has lost himself

at times. Heaven is no place

for a god. We need a god

who stands in our shoes,

who knows what it means

to bungle along, to fail,

to fear, to err. This god

I could pray to.

~ Penny Hackett-Evans

*First line taken from a line by Anna Karmienska

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luanneholder
Nov 09, 2019

This is a great god to know. In fact, as you describe this god, it is as if we are all gods. With that responsibility, may we all create the world in which we want to live. Thank you for this poem this morning, Penny. Oh, and I loved the sheep dog story, too. :)

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Janice Fialka
Nov 09, 2019

This god I too could pray to, even genuflect! Love this god and your poem

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