Scripture: Luke 15: 1-10
Key verses: (1-5) Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 So he told them this parable: 4 “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices.
Reflection: I went through the lost and found today. At the church, there are always a few pair of readers. Pacifiers. Keys. It is possible to lose things and never stop. Life goes on, never skipping a beat. The outreach center lost and found makes me laugh as I dig through and find one tennis shoe, a T-shirt, sock, pair of shorts. I can understand a sweatshirt but how do people make it home without a sock or shoe?
Sometimes when you lose something, it’s a good strategy to retrace your steps and find the spot where you lost it.
Revisit the restaurant where you had dinner and you might find your credit card. Your earrings might be found in the car door. (That’s where mine usually are!) Retrace your steps. Where did I put the time set aside for sabbath? I must have set aside my mindfulness a few days ago because my mind is spiraling, obsessing from one thing to the next. Where did I leave my Joy?
When you realize you have to stop. Or you are lost. God will find you.
Prayer: Stop. Breathe. Be Silent. Breathe. Know you are loved. You matter. Breathe. Each Breath comes from the God who created you, loves you and promises to never abandon you. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].