Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on June 9, 2013.
Prayer: God, this day, we pray for the lost. Amen.
Reading: Luke 15: 1-10 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: It was a Saturday in the summer after my college graduation. I was canoeing down the Susquehanna River with some friends. We spent about half a day on the river, enjoying the company and being in the outdoors. The day was a bit overcast, but it was pleasant nonetheless.
When we reached our destination, we had to step into the water to get our canoes to shore. One person I was with did just hat and her sandal came off in the mud of the river. They were fairly new shoes and she was distressed that she could not find it, not to mention that she could only walk with one shoe on. So, those in our group took to looking for the lost piece of footwear in the river. Luckily, the water wasn't too terribly high and we did find the sandal after a time of searching.
Just as our whole group stopped everything we were doing to look for the one lost sandal, so Jesus tells us that we should take the time to find the one lost sheep. Even if we have 99 more, we should rejoice in finding the lost one. We should take the time to find that one lost sheep. Jesus says there is more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than the 99 who do not need to repent. --Chad Hershberger
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