Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/18/2022

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Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 15:8-10 (CEB)

“Or what woman, if she owns ten silver coins and loses one of them, won’t light a lamp and sweep the house, searching her home carefully until she finds it? When she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, joy breaks out in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who changes both heart and life.”

Today's Devotional

It's just a simple gold stud earring. Perhaps it’s worth a little more than when it was purchased, but the pair of earrings, together, don’t have much financial value. Yet when one of them slipped from my fingers and bounced into deep carpeting under the heavy triple dresser in my bedroom, I grieved the loss. You see, they were given to me by a dear aunt over 50 years ago when I pierced my ears. She insisted that I had to have a “really good” pair of earrings to replace the self-piercing hoops when those were ready to come out. So, she purchased a pair of small 24 karat gold studs for me.

I had worn them, off and on, for many years and now there was only one. The missing earring was lost to me for nearly five years. But I remembered. As soon as the moving van pulled away from the parsonage taking my worldly goods to my recently purchased retirement home, I grabbed the vacuum sweeper and an old nylon knee sock and headed to the bedroom. A few minutes later the missing earring was in my hand. The lost was found and the pair reunited so I could continue to wear them in remembrance of the dear aunt who gifted them to me so long ago.

I did not call all my friends together to celebrate, as did the woman in the parable after finding her lost coin. But I did rejoice in finding that little earing and I do understand what Jesus was describing in all three of the “parables of the lost” regarding the joy of a sinner who is repentant.

Most of us have things we value enough, for one reason or another, to search diligently for them if they should become lost. We also have done (or said) things that hurt the heart of Jesus. What is on your heart today for which you need to repent? What will it take for you to bring joy to God’s angels and change your heart and life?

-- Rev. Robbie Fall, retired elder
Hutchinson

rfall@greatplainsumc.org
 

Prayer for Reflection

Open our hearts, O God, to search our lives for those things for which we have need of forgiveness. Let us search as diligently for those things as we do for the treasures in our lives that become lost. Amen.

 

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