Angst of the Loser

I purchased six silver buttons for a project I was working on, but when I went to sew the buttons on my top, I couldn’t find one of the buttons. Where on earth was it? I had them all sitting on the table together but one was gone. How could this be?

I searched high and low all through the house; nothing, nothing, nothing! I prepared to go shopping for more buttons to finish my project.

Finally, in desperation, I searched once more through all the other fabrics that had been sitting on the table with those buttons. Voila! A found button appeared.

Now I didn’t lose a silver coin like the woman in Luke 15, but that button was important to me, just as her coin was to her.

Think of the shepherd and the lost sheep in Luke 15.

“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? (Luke 15:6, NIV)

That shepherd needed that sheep, and though the sheep didn’t realize it, that sheep also needed that shepherd. So it is with us. As badly as I needed that button, I need the Christ even more…and dear friend, so do you.

Prayer- Lord, on behalf of the shepherd, who rejoices over the smallest lamb, we rejoice with you when you find another needy soul. For Christ. Amen.


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