Staying lost?

Prodigal Son (New Your Public Library), Public Domain

“I cannot be reborn from below; that is, with my own strength, with my own mind, with my own psychological insights. I can only be healed from above, from where God reaches down.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen

I had a dog years ago who liked to explore the world, and sometimes he got lost. One of two things happened when we realized Luey had taken off again: Either we’d go looking for him, calling his name, checking his favorite haunts, or he would get hungry and find his way home. The end result was the same either way: The lost dog didn’t stay lost.

In Luke 15, Jesus tells three parables about lostness. The first was the lost sheep. The shepherd knew the wanderer would never find his way back to the flock on his own, so he secured the 99 sheep and set out to find the one who was lost.

The second was about a woman who lost a valuable coin. She searched until she found it and then called her neighbors in to celebrate. What was lost had been found.

The third is familiar to all of us. It is about a lost son, the one who declared independence from his father, took his inheritance early and set off to a far country where he lived an irresponsible life until his money ran out, a famine hit, and there was no one to turn to but Dad who welcomed him home with a great feast.

The point of these stories? That which is lost can be found.

If you’re feeling lost today, God knows where you are. He will help you find your way back home. You don’t have to stay lost!

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” – Luke 19:10

6 thoughts on “Staying lost?

  1. So wonderful! Ruth

    On Wed, Mar 30, 2022 at 5:03 AM Walking Together on Holy Ground wrote:

    > beverlyvankampen posted: ” Prodigal Son (New Your Public Library), Public > Domain “I cannot be reborn from below; that is, with my own strength, with > my own mind, with my own psychological insights. I can only be healed from > above, from where God reaches down.”― Henri J.M. ” >

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  2. Excellent engaging and accessible content here. It really spoke to me. The dog illustration was also fun. One afterthought- it is true that God will find us when we are lost, but our choices must always be part of the equation in returning home. The Prodigal Son chose to return home. Your hungry dog also did the same. And when we are lost a yielded heart and sincere prayer for guidance should be our response to get home. Great article! Thanks.

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  3. Hi Beverly, Thank you so much for the good writing today.

    I wanted to know if you would please pray for me tomorrow, the 31st? I am having a Laminectomy at the Salida Hospital at 11:00. I have been having back and leg pain for quite awhile so it is time. I am glad I am having it done.

    Thank you Beverly.

    God bless you and yours.

    Your friend, Sheila Peterson

    Sent from my iPad

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