The Parable of the lost sheep
What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
Matthew 18 v 12- 14
The good shepherd is often how Jesus is portrayed. Often carrying a sheep on his shoulders. Shepherds are never well paid and, in many cultures, not held in high esteem and yet in this parable Jesus chooses to illustrate how no matter how lowly the occupation his father considers all to be worthy.
The sheep are of course his people, and all are worth saving.
We often in life search for the elusive thing that will make us eternally happy and stray off the path. This parable demonstrates no matter where we go, God is there caring for us and Jesus gently lifts us and takes us back to the safety of the fold.
Prayer: Father, we thank you for care keeping us safe. We know we often drift from the way, but you are there shepherding us back to the safety. Thank you for showing us the way to care for others and never give up on them. Let us always show your love to all others no matter what they have done and by example show the way to return to the fold.
Action: show an act of random kindness to a stranger.
This Thought was written by Sandra Summers