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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
who has not been found
trying many avenues
tramping through spiritual forests
crossing every emotional desert
who has not rejoiced
a kindness offered
a grace experienced
a gift discovered
praising our Lord
who loves us
who redeems us
who brings us home
---rus FINDING THE LOST
Sometimes searching diligently; sometimes waiting patiently.
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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