“Where sheep may safely graze” by JS Bach (1713)
This aria conjures up a beautiful pastoral scene particularly poignant at this time of the year with new life springing into being, with lambs being born, Easter celebrations, fresh green pastures and more. However, sometimes sheep get into difficulties. They may decide to settle down in a nice comfy hollow for a rest, but end up on their backs unable to move because maybe the weight of their wool, or got caught on brambles. But if you do see a sheep on its back struggling, distressed, flailing, bleating or even being quiet, then it is in danger of dying due to suffocation, because their windpipe is cut off as the gas in their stomachs harden. This is called being ‘Cast Down’. The important thing to save their lives is to help the poor creature back onto its legs.
This is a good allegory of how we sometimes find ourselves cast down, struggling and unable to get up again. One purpose of this community is to help each other when we are stuck and need someone to reach out and help us to right ourselves, lift us up again in the hard times, and rejoice with us in the good times. So if you are in need at the moment of a helping hand, don’t stay cast down and stuck let us know so we can reach out to you and help you back on your feet.
Wishing you all a happy weekend.
MAS Nurse and Moderator