Good Folks, it is Friday, March 24, 2017. There are only 23 more days until Easter (April 16), 71 days until the Day of Pentecost (June 4).
I have a saying that goes like this: “I do not lose anything. I just don’t know where it is.” This is so true when I am trying to locate something in my office, under a pile of paper. For about the last two months, I have searched high and low for my Bible. It has great sentimental value, since I bought it for myself on April 10, 1991.
I have noted important dates: the birth of our children, the death of my parents and sister, and Edna’s mom’s passing. It also carries several obituaries from friends and family. I have sermon notes and quick scriptural references, just-in-case. I was determined to find it but was also willing to accept it as lost.
Many of us have lost something, or just misplaced it and it was never to be found. All we have left are memories of what was lost. Some have had a wandering pet, a favorite tool or garden instrument left behind on a project. I know that there are devices that are placed in the ears of pets for information purposes. I wonder if there is something that could be placed on valuables: pets, Bibles, children, garden tools and the like, and know their location from satellites at any time?
In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 15, the writer shares with us Jesus’ stories of “lostness:” sheep, coin, a child. One wandered away. The other possibly misplaced. The last one willingly wanted another life and lifestyle. All three are valuable in their own right. All are of worth. All three were “found.”
Our United Methodist Hymnal, number 378, has one of the great hymns of the church: Amazing Grace. First stanza has these words … I once was lost, but now am found; …
I am thankful to God for having mercy upon my life. God has blessed me beyond measure and understanding. Like the gospel lesson, I wandered, voluntarily misplaced myself and wanted a life and lifestyle that separated me from the One who created me for a particular plan and purpose. Where are you? Where do you need to be, as you relate to the One who created you?
God has a plan for your life as well. Remember: “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.”
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank