Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:52 AM

March 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:52 AM
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:52 AM

Luke 15:1-10 

Submitted by Minister Sheila Young

At the naïve age of 10, I went down the street, as I had countless times before, to play with the neighborhood children.  Oh, we had a grand time playing that day! Suddenly, I noticed my friends had disappeared; I was in great danger! I found myself surrounded by teenage boys who took me by force; my situation was bleak; I had little to no hope. There was a sudden burst of light!  In the midst of it all; I heard one of them shout: “Here comes Mr. Washington!” They fled! I must tell you, I’d never been so thankful to see my father!

We are very valuable to God! The parable of the Lost Sheep depicts a loving shepherd who leaves the remaining flock of ninety-nine to tirelessly search for the one lost and wandering sheep. The parable of the lost coin speaks of the woman who had ten coins, but has lost one of them.

Upon finding the lost sheep, the shepherd is overtaken with joy and gently carries the sheep across his shoulders back to the safety of the flock. When the woman finally locates the lost coin after searching every dark corner of her house, she too is overtaken with joy.  In fact both the shepherd and the woman call others over and have a praise party on behalf of finding their treasured possessions.

I wonder how many within the Church walk away daily, those of whom we never seek to find? 

We’re the equivalent of candles. The woman lit her lamp and began searching.  Is your light shining brightly in the darkness? As miners dig for gold in a cave, are we actively sweeping, and willing to get dirty in our search for our lost wandering brothers and sisters?

Imagine the elation of that sheep who was once lost, stumbling and caught up in the thickets of life… hopelessly lost.  Oh how hope must have sprung forth as the bleating sheep heard the voice and footsteps of the approaching forgiving Shepherd.

Have you vowed not to stop until the last lost sheep is found?  Who are lost coins in your life?  Is it our spouse or children on drugs?  Could they be the brother or sister we last saw in service a few months ago that was obviously struggling with sin?  Have they received a call, card or visit from us?

 Heavenly Father, thank you so much for sending your Son Jesus to seek and save us! Let me never forget I was lost and now I’m found; was blind but now I see.  Please give me the heart and determination to lovingly reach out to the lost and hurting, and lead them to the safety of being found in You.
In Jesus name. Amen.

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