the Lost

                As many of you know, a short while ago my much loved dog, Keeva, decided to have an adventure and see more of Logansport. She went missing from my fenced backyard (we have since located the escape route and blocked the exit – thanks Dale!) for the better part of two days and two long nights. With the help of phone calls, Facebook, texts and flyers, I think half of Cass County was on the lookout for my Wheaton Terrier with the pink collar. I even had some kind and thoughtful LPD officers searching the woods in the middle of the night with me. Keeva was 7 weeks old when I got her and for the past 8 years she has been a loving and comical companion. So, when I didn’t know where she was, I was not only sad, but very worried about her. Did someone take her? Was she hungry? Was she hit by a car? Was she cold, wet and scared? Did another larger animal attack her? Was she hurt? Would I ever see my puppy again? I missed her companionship and was well aware of the dangers that awaited beyond the safety of our home. I am thankful for the many dog-loving Logansport residents who called and texted sightings of her. Through them, I was able to find Keeva healthy and totally unrepentant for all the trouble she had caused. Those two sleepless nights of worry helped me to better understand the perspective of God, our Good Shepherd. Remember the story Jesus tells of the shepherd who left the 99 to look for the one lost lamb? (Matthew18) Keeva is a dog, much loved but a dog nevertheless, who I have raised for only 8 years. I know how anxious and worried I was for her safety. I missed her. Now imagine how God yearns for those lost souls who he created in his own image. How he must miss the relationship with them that is intended to be for eternity. He knows the dangers that await outside the protection of his care. And just like Keeva ran away from those who were trying to help her come home, many individuals in our world are running away from those who would like to help show the way back to God. How God’s heart must ache with longing for his lost children to come home. As the new year begins, it seems an appropriate time to be intentional in pursuing the mission of the Church – to seek the lost and help them find their way home to God through Jesus Christ. How do we do that? First, we need to be aware that there are lost souls wandering our community, and we must leave the building to go out and look for them. We need to know that they are frightened and unsure of our help, so we must be patient and persistent in our unthreatening approaches. And we need to realize that only the Holy Spirit can change the heart of persons, so we must stay in communication with God. Just as Keeva came running when she heard the voice of the one who loves her, we pray that lost souls will recognize the voice of their heavenly Father and come running home.

                   Let’s make 2020 a year of Seeking and Showing the Lost the way Home!

“What do you think? If someone had one hundred sheep and one of them wandered off, wouldn’t he leave the ninety-nine on the hillsides and go in search for the one that wandered off? If he finds it, I assure you that he is happier about having that one sheep than about the ninety-nine who didn’t wander off. In the same way, my Father who is in heaven doesn’t want to lose one of these little ones.” Matthew 18:12-14 (CEB)

In Christ, Pastor Colleen

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