Luke 15:8-9 The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or what woman having ten silver coins,[a] if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’
Jesus tells us several parables about the lost being found. Coins, sheep, sons – somehow lost. And when they are found the one who was seeking them celebrates with great joy. The parables can teach us many things (try putting yourself in the place of each of the characters in the story of the Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-32, and you will learn a lot about yourself and God!!!) and they remind us that each one is worthy of being found. They teach us that God seeks us out and when God finds us, or more often than not, when we find God who was always right there, there is great joy.
I think we all feel lost some days. I think there are days when we become lost to ourselves and we need to turn back to God. I think that when we lose sight of God we can remember that God is still there.
God is the faithful shepherd, the diligent woman, the welcoming father. God is the One who seeks us out, no matter how lost we might feel. God is the One who welcomes us home and embraces us with love.
God, when I am losing my way, turn me back to you. When I lose sight of you, open my eyes. When I am lost and worry that I cannot be found, hold me tight and welcome me home. Amen.
To Listen and Reflect
I was sent the link to this piece produced by Woodstock Collegiate Institute – it is beautiful and powerful. You may recognize some folk. Enjoy!