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He Gathers His Lambs

lamb standing in field


“Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom.”—Isaiah 40:11

This verse from the prophet Isaiah presents God as a tender father and was one of St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s favorite verses. It actually helped her to develop her “Little Way”—the way of trusting that we are like little lambs needing the gentle care of God. St. Thérèse asserted that not all of us are destined for great things in a worldly sense; rather, many of us are called to live very ordinary lives, simply loving God and steadily doing his will.


St. Thérèse,
Please help me to trust in God as you did.
Help me to know that I am like a small lamb in God’s arms.
Help me to calmly and confidently love God
with all my heart and keep my focus on him.


Picture yourself as a small lamb in the arms of God—who is holding you with tender, unfathomable care. Know that this metaphor is spot-on and profound. Try embracing St. Thérèse’s Little Way by fully trusting in God.

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2 thoughts on “He Gathers His Lambs”

  1. Lord Jesus Christ, we are an Easter people, and alleluia is our song. Fill us with your Holy Spirit that we may we radiate the joy of your Resurrection and live in the reality of your great victory over sin and death. Amen.

    1. Candie Lyla Pinaula

      How blessed am I, a lowly Lamb, ignorant, & selfish, that my Father in Heaven chooses to bring me close to Him, in His arms, & close to His heart, DAILY, never abandoning me!

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