Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wednesday's Woe - A Father is Always Seeking His Lost Lamb ~by Tommy Prince

Wednesday's Woe
A Father is Always Seeking His Lost Lamb
~by Tommy Prince

"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them? Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there is more rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."

~Luke 15:4-7 NIV (Jesus speaking)

With this upcoming Father's Day, I am asking myself, "What is there to celebrate?"

In the parable, the shepherd leaves the sheep --although he loves them-- to go out and find his lost one. He drops everything to go look for his little lost lamb. And in the parable, he finds the lost sheep, and there is great rejoicing. But there's no rejoicing with this father even though I'm surrounded with other lambs that I love.

As a bereaved father, my heart is always seeking my little lost lamb. Even though there may be great rejoicing in Heaven right now, there's a permanent longing in this father that's always present in my little lost lamb's absence. 

To this day, I cannot celebrate Father's Day with my little lamb lost… I can't be celebrating with the lambs that are present, for emotionally, my heart is always searching for the one who's still absent…

Pictures, thanks to Jesus Daily Pics


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