Years ago, when our daughters were very young, we'd drop
them off at our church's Children's Chapel on Sundays before the
One Sunday, just as I was about to open the door to the
small chapel, the priest came rushing up in full vestments.
He said he had an emergency and asked if I'd speak to the children at
their story time. He said the subject was the Twenty-third Psalm.
But just as I was about to get up from the back row and
talk about the good shepherd, the priest burst into the
room and signaled to me that he would be able to do the
story time after all.
He told the children about sheep, that they weren't smart
and needed lots of guidance, and that a shepherd's job
was to stay close to the sheep, protect them from wild
animals and keep them from wandering off and doing
dumb things that would get them hurt or killed.
He pointed to the little children in the room and said that they were
the sheep and needed lots of guidance.
Then the minister put his hands out to the side, palms up
in a dramatic gesture, and with raised eyebrows said to the children,
"If you are the sheep then who is the shepherd?" He was pretty obviously
A silence of a few seconds followed. Then a young visitor
said, " Jesus, Jesus is the shepherd."
The young priest, obviously caught by surprise, said to the boy, "Well,
then, who am I?"
The little boy frowned thoughtfully and then said with a
shrug, "I guess you must be a sheep dog."
[ Author Unknown -- from 'Buffalos Chips' (buffalos-g-jokes.yahoogroups.com) ]
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