In All Your Ways

I made confession to my family this past week.
My paternal grandmother died in 1991. Each grandchild has at least one of her possessions by which to remember her. I asked for her cookie jar.
I loved that cookie jar. It’s an old ceramic bear. It’s a miracle to still be in one piece. But here is my confession that until Sunday, I had told no one.
It’s been missing since 2006.
Somewhere in the move from our former to current house, it was lost. I had wondered if it had been stolen, broken or left behind. I felt terrible but told no one.
A month ago I was repairing hurricane damage to our garage with a friend. We moved boxes around to make room for repairs to the back wall. I saw a small box with some obscure writing. I opened it out of curiosity and there it was – the ceramic bear. I wasn’t looking for it. In fact, I had forgotten about it, having assumed it was lost.
And there was much rejoicing.


I was surprised at how happy I was to have discovered what I thought was lost forever. I know it’s just a ceramic bear, but it meant a lot to me. I realize it’s just stuff, but it’s stuff with great memories. I also know that like all stuff, it could be stolen or broken (oh, please no).
Jesus talked about these very things – a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son (Luke 15). In each parable, something was lost, something was found and there was much rejoicing.
That’s why Jesus came. He came to seek and save those who are lost. He left the perfection of heaven to endure the worst man could offer. He left the 99 in search of one lost sheep. He risked His life so you might be saved. “There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent (Luke 15:7).”
We all know wandering sheep, separated from the flock. They may even live in your home or have lived in your home in years past. If so, I’d consider it a privilege to pray for them. For those receiving this by email, send back a note with the name of your lost sheep. If you’re reading this through social media, private message me.
In no way do I want to embarrass anyone. I simply want to “come boldly to the throne of grace for mercy and grace to help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
I pray there will be much rejoicing for not simply a ceramic bear, but for an eternal being. Who will you pray for today?
          “O the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.
          O it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.”

          – Corey Asbury, Christian artist

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