Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 15, 2009
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As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Lost and found
"So Jesus told them this parable: '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 that is lost until he finds it? When
he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and
rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together
his friends and neighbours, saying to them, "Rejoice
with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost."
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven
over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine
righteous people who need no repentance.'"
Though I am an urban woman and am not personally
acquainted with sheep, I do understand the terror
and vulnerability of being lost. While living in
Washington D.C., I once saw an unforgettable
example of such fear through the eyes of a small
child. In a large crowd one night during a
Christmas event in the city, a little boy who was
about three or four years old became separated
from his family. It quickly became obvious that
he was terrified of being lost and equally
terrified of strangers. When strangers attempted
to befriend him, he would back away and try and
hide in the crowds. Soon a policeman arrived on
the scene and the little fellow visibly relaxed
and placed his small hand in the officer's large
one. Together, they began walking hand-in-hand
in search for his parents and disappeared into
Soon a frantic mother came in search of her lost
child. She urgently and repeatedly called out his
name and asked complete strangers if they had seen
her little boy. "Yes," said one woman, "He went
with a policeman," and she pointed in the general
direction. Suddenly the police officer reappeared.
The little boy saw his mother and stopped sobbing.
He threw himself into her arms and she held him
tightly in obvious relief. Even today, I have
tears in my eyes with the memory of those two
clinging to each other. The lost child was found.
The worried crowd became joyful, for many had been
concerned over the little child.
And so it is in heaven, as Jesus the Good Shepherd
finds each of us in divine love. There is exuberant
joy in heaven when we are found. The Shepherd's
heart is full of compassion and will not be satisfied
until we are found and brought back into loving,
intimate community and personal relationship with
God. Today's parable in Luke brings us the Gospel
message of Jesus Christ in its most basic simplicity.
I have a cherished pencil sketch of Jesus in my study.
He is lovingly holding a lamb in his arms. The lamb
has a look of trust and contentment. The nail marks
are clearly visible on the hands of the Good Shepherd.
We are invited into those loving arms.
Searching Shepherd of our souls, thank you for finding
us. From time to time, we have all strayed from your
presence like a lost lamb. Now help us experience the
joy of being found by God. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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