Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for Sunday, September 15: 14th Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 34:11-24; Psalm 119:169-176; 1 Timothy 1:5-17; Luke 15:1-10
For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep.” Ezekiel 34:11-12a
Rejoice with me. I have found my lost sheep. Luke 15:6b
Have you ever lost anything of value? It’s a terrible feeling. It’s bad enough if it’s your only set of car keys or money or an item of value that you’ve lost. It’s another thing if it’s your pet or a loved one, especially your child that’s gone missing. There is nothing more terrible than that sickening feeling of having a loved one lost. Your whole being goes into search mode. You retrace your steps. You call their name. You recruit others to help in the search. You search high and low. You search and you search and you search.
In the same way, God himself searches for us when we stray. Just like the child who wanders aimlessly after his own fancies, unaware of the impending dangers of where he is going or what his a getting himself into, we too wander, our loved ones wander, away from God’s precious embrace. Whether it’s the burdens of life, the temptations of money, prestige, self-indulgence, self-centredness or a plethora of reasons, we are enticed away from the faith and the new life we have in Christ.
Yet, it is God himself who leads the search, calling his children back home. His Holy Spirit nudges on our heart, calling our name. Others are recruited to shower love and grace upon us. He persistently searches for us in order to bring us back into his redeeming embrace.
God himself will search for his children and rejoice over their return. This is a promise! Trust him to be seeking you. Trust him to be seeking and calling your loved ones back to himself. Consider his plea for you to join in the search, and then to participate in the glorious celebration upon their return.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you are our Shepherd and we are your sheep. Oh how you care for us. Help me to always hear your voice and not to wander too far from your path. Be with my loved ones. Be with_____________. I trust you are seeking and searching for them. You are calling them back home. Help me to be and to do whatever you need me to be and do to help in their search and rescue, and I look forward to the celebration to come. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!