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Day Five: Comfort for Each One

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Luke 15:3-7 - Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

In natural disasters and time of war, medical personnel often perform something they call triage. It means that they examine the injured and determine which have the best chance of living. They concentrate their efforts on those they think they can save-and, with regret, allow the others to die, or perhaps to rally and recover on their own.

But Jesus doesn’t do triage. He leaves the healthy ninety-nine safe in their pens while he goes out into the night looking for the one who is lost, sick, depressed, disappointed, wounded, or enslaved. When he has found it, he lays it across his shoulders and calls together his neighbors to celebrate. How could an almighty God do any less? Can you imagine what his message to us would be otherwise? “I’ll come after you and save you-if I’m not too busy saving others, and if my attention isn’t needed keeping these other ninety-nine safe.

That, I believe, is why Jesus told story after story about how easy it is to be lost-and how remarkable it is to be saved. Stories of people hopeless and hurting. People who need living water, people whose souls are tattered, people who are watching the dark close in around them, people whose time is running out.

The story in Luke 15, he told his followers, will remind you of something always to remember: No matter how deep the pit or dark the night, I will always look for you and rescue you because I love you with an everlasting love. You are precious to me. Even when you mess up, even when you’re careless or mistaken or afraid or broken or weak, I still love you. Even when you are incapable of doing anything for anyone, including yourself, I still love you. And just as I come to you, I come for all those who have made mistakes, those who are overlooked, and those who have been devalued and despised.

I come for all the wrong people-the careless and uncared for, the merry and the miserable. I come for the lost, even if that’s a single silly sheep. Do you need to be rescued? Call out to God and he will find you. He promises to come after each one, because each one is precious to him.
(Taken from Christine Caine’s devotional, “Lost and Found.”)

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Day Four: His Overflowing Compassion

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Day Three: Comfort, comfort, comfort

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Day Two: Comfort Us Again

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Day One: Draw Me Close Again and Again

Monday, October 3rd, 2016