>Jesus’ Lost and Found Collection

>This wonderful little nugget was waiting for me in my inbox this morning. It struck me in such a vivid way that I’m shamelessly re-posting it here. Enjoy!!

Excerpt from Luke 15:3-10
“Which 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?”

Reflection by Martin B. Copenhaver
One of the legendary professors at my divinity school was Roland Bainton, an historian and an author of many books. When I knew him he was in his eighties and he still wrote a book every other year. He would quip, “When you have reached my age, the expression, ‘publish or perish’ takes on new meaning.”

Every day he would ride his bicycle between the library and his home. During the winter he wore a thin overcoat and gloves, but the gloves never matched. He might, for instance, wear one ski mitten and one oversized leather glove. I once heard him explain, “I found them all riding my bicycle up Prospect Street—I suppose I go slowly enough to spot them—and I just put them to use.” And, somehow, on the hands of this great man, the gloves, as different as they were, seemed to go together, as if they were part of a set.

This memory has become something of parable for me, reminding me of the parable that is our scripture for today. There is one who carefully treks the byways, pausing to pick up those who have been cast off or lost. Then he puts them to use. And, somehow, in his caring hands, those he picks up do not seem motley or mismatched. Rather, as different as we are, we go together, as if we are part of a set. Once cast off and alone, now we are gathered up in love and brought together for service.


~ by pe2nia1 on May 19, 2010.

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