September 15, 2019
Luke 15:1-10

 

In this week’s Gospel Jesus speaks about two different ways of being lost.  We can become lost like sheep.  “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices.” Sheep with their heads down, nibbling on grass, wander away, unaware, on their own.

 

We can also become lost like a coin.  “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?  When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’”  The Coin, an inanimate object, does not get lost on its own accord, but rather is lost by the women.  This raises a very interesting theological question, “Is it possible for God to lose us?”

 

I’ve been lost because I failed to keep my head up, was distracted, and ventured unaware from the path.  But I’ve also been lost of no fault of my own.  Sometimes life happens, and in the fragile freedom in which we exist, I can become lost.  And I suppose I have also been lost in God’s amazing grace.  Simone Weil, 20th century French philosopher, mystic, and political activist writes, “Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself, which makes this void.”

 

As I ponder the ways that we all become lost, I am thankful that God is always seeking to find me; like a shepherd wandering in the wilderness to find the one sheep that has gone astray; and like a woman who turns the hold house upside down, searching every nook and cranny until the mission coin is found.

 

“Charity”

      1. Charity

 

So reckless, out of control
That’s Charity, she scares me so

 

And Charity’s in love with me
And when she speaks my name
All her crazy hopes and dreams
Like stars light my way,
Charity

 

So wild and free, she’s got nothing to lose
That’s Charity, as the Spirit moves

 

And Charity’s in love with me
And when she speaks my name
All her crazy hopes and dreams
Like Stars light my way

 

And I think that I’m in love with her
When all is said and done
But if I give my life away
What will I become,
Charity

 

And I think that I’m in love with her
When all is said and done
But if I give my life away
What will I become,
Charity

 

So reckless, out of control
That’s Charity, she scares me so

 

And Charity’s in love with me
And when she speaks my name
All her crazy hopes and dreams
Like Stars light my way

 

And I think that I’m in love with her
When all is said and done
But if I give my life away
What will I become,
Charity, …

 

 

 

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