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The Black Sheep

  • Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins. Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly— the best of everything, the highest honors—Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch, because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep. Isaiah 53:11 ESV

    As a child I grew up as the least of my family, who at the time was the least of another family. The youngest of thirteen kids and a stepchild on top of that. Every day it was made very clear to me that I did not belong and never would. My step-mom would put me and my brother out in the yard while she fed her kids breakfast. There were padlocks on the kitchen cabinets and the telephone for when she was gone. I grew up believing that I was nothing.

    After enough pain, black sheep become closed off to the world. But be encouraged because Jesus has friends in low places and He came after me. Jesus redeemed me, added me to His family and healed my heart. He took up the cause of troubled and hurting people then and He will take your burden now if you let Him. Though people will mistreat you, God gave His own Son to buy you back, to redeem you. He does care.

    Remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life. What you have been in the past is now gone and you decide who you will be from this day forward. Your brightest days are still ahead of you. Jesus will take your nothing, and make it into something if you give it to Him. In return, He will give you a life worth living. He embraces the lowest.


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Cat Jewell
Cat Jewell I am amazed at this insight that the Lord gave you Pastor Dion. Thank you so much for your encouragement through these devotionals everyday that I get through email.. God bless...This particular one caught my attention the most...
February 27, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you for reading Cat :)
March 3, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you for the messagge!
March 26, 2015