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May 10, 2014

DD Spring Saturday

Lost and Found 
Richard L. Floyd

"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 who has been lost until he finds it? When he has found it he lays it upon his shoulders and rejoices." - Luke 15:4,5

When I was in the second grade a boy in my Sunday school class named Kim was killed when he overshot the mark on his sled, went into the road, and was hit by a car. Nobody I knew had ever died before and his death left quite an impression on me. I remember my mother and father sitting me down and telling me the sad news.  

Sometime later that year Kim's family donated a stained glass window to our little church in his memory. In reds and blues it had a picture of a shepherd boy and a little lamb looking up at him. There seemed a tender bond between the boy and the lamb, and I imagined that the shepherd would protect the lamb from harm, and go in search of it when it became lost. It was comforting for me to think that Kim was somehow safe in God's protection like the lamb was with the shepherd.  

I saw that window every Sunday for the rest of my growing-up years until I moved away to go to college. That same fall my mother died. I came home for her funeral, which was at that church, and I sat near Kim's window of the shepherd boy and the lamb.  

I felt lost then and at various other times in my life and the image of that shepherd has comforted me. Here is One who loves us, looks out for us, not passively, but always actively seeking us out when we are in need.

We thank you, Good Shepherd, that through the trials of our life's journeys, even in the valley of the shadow of death, you love us, seek us, and bring us home rejoicing.

Richard L. Floyd is Pastor Emeritus of First Church of Christ (UCC) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and author of A Course In Basic Christianity. He blogs at richardlfloyd.com.

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