The youngest, the weakest, the sickliest

(by J. C. Ryle)

"I have not lost a single one of those You gave Me."
    John 18:9

These words are meant for the encouragement of
all true Christians. Our Lord Jesus is a Shepherd,
who cares tenderly for every soul committed to His
charge. The youngest, the weakest, the sickliest
of His flock are as dear to Him as the strongest.
They shall never perish. None shall ever pluck
them out of His hand.

He will lead them gently through the wilderness of
this world. He will not overdrive them a single day,
lest any die. He will carry them through every difficulty.
He will defend them against every enemy. With such
a Shepherd, who, having once begun, need fear being
cast away?