Friday, July 9, 2010

Lost and Found • Luke 15

"The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. 
His father came out and tried to talk to him, 
but he wouldn't listen. The son said, '
Look how many years I've stayed here serving you, 
never giving you one moment of grief, 
but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? 
Then this son of yours who has 
thrown away your money on whores 
shows up and you go all out with a feast!'

"His father said, 'Son, you don't understand. 
You're with me all the time, 
and everything that is mine is yours — 
but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. 
This brother of yours was dead and he's alive! 
He was lost, and he's found!'"

Luke 15:28-32

I once was lost,
but now am found...

I was the lost sheep
You left all to find.

The misplaced coin
discovered in a coat pocket.

Safe in the fold,
warm in Your comfort
have I forgotten?

Do I realize what is mine?
Do I remember all that You are, all that You do?

Am I fretting in the kitchen,
serving, working hard to do what needs to be done —
striving in my own strength,
forgetting all that is Yours is mine?

Am I complaining, resenting my calling
as others seemingly run free doing whatever
they please?

Remember, Christa,
remember all that He has done for you —
all that is yours because He calls you "Mine".

Kingdom eyes see Him,
catching glimpses of His handiwork
within and all around.

Kingdom minds remember and rehearse
the benefits of being His child.

Kingdom mouths open quickly in praise,
letting all who will listen know
what He has done.

Kingdom hearts rejoice and celebrate
when one who was lost is found,
joining in with the angels as they dance with joy.

Thank You, Father
for all You have done.
Please help me to stay focused on You.
Help me to grow into my Kingdom life,
that sees You all around, that is quick to remember
and share all that You have done,
and is quick to celebrate when
those who are lost are found.

O my soul, bless God.
From head to toe, I'll bless His holy name!

O my soul, bless God,
don't forget a single blessing!

Psalm 103:1-2

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