Blessings lost and found

This week’s post is late, partly because I’m on vacation, but also because I have had some struggles settling into a place of blessing in this week’s gospel reading.

It should be easy: we love the idea that God would gladly leave behind ninety-nine of you to come and find me whenever I am lost. I am, after all, that special.

But if I am the sheep, then I am also the lost coin; currency; lost between the sofa cushions of the universe, fallen out of God’s apron pockets  when She wasn’t paying attention. To me.

You see the problem.*

On the other hand, Paul has a perfect blessing nestled into his letter to Timothy this week. Perhaps that will help.

May you set out from here secure in God’s faithfulness and love;

may you find reassurance at each turning, looking to the cross of Jesus to point your way;

may resounding joy always accompany your homecoming;

and when you do find yourself lost, may the overwhelming grace of God sweep you back to where you belong,

redeemed, restored, beloved. Amen.


* For inspiration and wisdom in working through the allegorization and de-same of the parables, I recommend reading Amy-Jill Levine, Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi (HarperCollins, 2014)

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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