Week 38   Day 5




            who has not been lost 


                        looking for the way out 

                                     for the way home 

                                     for the way through 


                        wondering if anyone

                                    will notice 

                                    will come 

                                    will help  



            who has not been found 



                                    trying many avenues 

                                    tramping through spiritual forests 

                                    crossing every emotional desert 



                                    with diligence 

                                    with devotion 

                                    with daring 



            who has not rejoiced


                        delighting in

                                    a kindness offered 

                                    a grace experienced 

                                    a gift discovered 


                        praising our Lord 

                                    who loves us 

                                    who redeems us 

                                    who brings us home  



                                       FINDING THE LOST

Sometimes searching diligently; sometimes waiting patiently.

                                                  Luke 15


    1Tax collectors and sinners drew near to Him.  2And the

Pharisees and scribes complained, "This Man receives sinners

and eats with them."  3So He spoke this parable to them: 

    4"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one

of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and

go after the one which is lost until he finds it?  5When he has

found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  6When he comes

home, he calls his friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with

me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.'  7Likewise

there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents

than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

    8"Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one,

does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully

until she finds it?  9When she has found it, she calls her friends

and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the

piece which I lost!'  10Likewise, there is joy in the presence

of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

    11"A certain man had two sons.  12The younger son said,

'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.'  So he

divided to them his livelihood.  13Not many days after, the

younger son journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his

possessions with prodigal living.  14When he had spent all,

there arose a severe famine in that land.  15Then he joined a

citizen of that country, and he sent him to feed swine.  16He

would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the

swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

    17"But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my

father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I

perish with hunger!  18 I will go to my father, and say, "Father,

I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19and I am no

longer worthy to be called your son.  Make me like one of your

hired servants."'  20He arose and came to his father.  When he

was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion,

and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.  21The son said,

'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am

no longer worthy to be called your son.'

    22"But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe,

and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.  23Kill the

fatted calf, and let us eat and be merry; 24for this my son was

dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"

              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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