Read: Luke 15:1-10
Meditation: “Lost and Found”
In some ways, God invented the list-and-found department. As the two stories in today’s lesson clearly show (as does the omitted story of the two sons), there are all sorts of ways to become lost: wandering, accident, or deliberate choices.
In each story, the take-away lesson is not how we get lost, but that in every case, the “lost one” is found. God is the main character: the shepherd who goes after the lost sheep, the woman who sweeps the house for the lost coin, and the father who reaches out to both of his sons.
This means that the final word in the Gospel is redemption, not regret. God is not willing for anyone or anything to remain lost permanently. This does not mean everyone makes it inside the fold, onto the neckkace, or inside the house–as the older son in the third story teaches (15:28).
But it does mean that no one is excluded from God’s redemptive offer–either by prior divine predestination or by a person’s horrendous behavior. The reach of grace is far enough to touch everyone.
God works full-time in the lost…and found…department!