Posted on June 3, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together
and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way,
I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of
God over one sinner who repents.”
One day this past week, I was visiting with someone at one of our local coffee shops in town. Going into the coffee shop, the person I was with saw a wallet on one of the outdoor tables, but no one sitting near that table. We gave the wallet to the server behind the counter and said that it was found on one of the tables outside.
Being such a nice day, we sat at one of the outdoor tables and as we were visiting, there was a young man walking around the park area across from the coffee shop looking for something. As he made his way across to the coffee shop tables, he asked us if we had seen a black wallet. We said that we had found it and took it inside the coffee shop.
Instant relief and a grateful smile came over the young man’s face as he said ‘Thank you’ and went inside. When he came out of the coffee shop with wallet in hand, he said ‘Thank you’ again with a tone of overwhelming gratitude in his voice.
We’ve all been there…lost something important or of value to us. And if you have ever lost a wallet, you know that sinking feeling as your mind races, trying to remember all that is in that wallet…credit cards, cash, driver’s license, meaningful pictures and other items of value to you.
In the Gospels, Jesus talks a lot about lost things as a way of pointing us to the overwhelming love and grace of God. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus talks about a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son. And then the abundant joy of finding what was lost. In each story, the joy cannot be contained, but must be shared and celebrated with others.
In the same way, God celebrates whenever we turn to God. Finding and restoring even one lost souls gives great pleasure to God. Such is God’s love and grace for all people. So, the next time you lose something and then find it, capture that feeling of overwhelming gratitude and offer thanks for God’s never-ending grace and love that rejoices in us and all people.