Lent day 16: Lost

Gospel of the day: Luke 15:1-3,11-32

In life, we lose. Sometimes we lose a game, maybe you  lose a loved one, and other times, you just get lost. Being an outcast and not knowing how to navigate life on our oen is scary. We are all born with a plan, but usually, that plan is not as simple as it looks. We never know when the end will be, and today was a reminder of that.

Today was my Granddad’s 87th birthday (woohoo), but before dinner, my family was 40 minutes early. Now, we are never early, so we decided to stop by my dad’s cemetery that was only 5 minutes away. This is tough. Going to the cemetery should not be the way a wife and her young daughter should communicate with their husband and father, but sometimes, we lose.

Yet even now, says the Lord,
 return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
 rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God,
 for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
 and relents from punishing.” – Joel 2:12-13

This reminder on how short life is and how easy it is to fall off the rails of the train of God’s will hit like a ton of bricks.

While I was reading today’s Gospel a little later, it was on the Prodigal Son, which is one of my personal favorites. The fact that the youngest son took all his inheritance, wasted it on gluttony and other sins, then comes back asking his father for forgiveness….as if.

Mercy gave the Prodigal Son a second chance. Grace gave Him a feast.”-Max Lucado

Well, sometimes we take all the inheritance from God. We say “Ya, see ya later! Thanks a lot.” without the intention of ever returning home to Him. Personally, I could relate to this after my dad died. It’s hard to lose not only your dad, but lose sight of God’s plan.

But what is truly incredible is the fact that thee father opens his arms, his house, and his love to the son who has run away for years. He takes him in and celebrates his homecoming. He loves that his child came back to Him!

Not only does God remember you, He remembers the promise He has put in you. Don’t be discouraged if things are not put on your timetable.Keep praying; keep believing because God is at work in your life!”

Life does’t often go how we expect it to. We fall, we run, we take, and never come back, but God doesn’t care. When we are our weakest, God is his strongest.

Losing your way isn’t easy. Losing a loved one is even harder. But losing sight of God is the absolute hardest. 

Dear bothers and sisters, I pray for you relationship with God. That you may never lose sight of Him and His love for you. God rocks and I hope you know that!!

 


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