55 Minutes

According to Martha Stewart, we spend an average of 55 minutes a day looking for things.  This is not a new phenomenon; Jesus tells two parables for this Sunday, September 12th, that also give examples of searches.

Most of us cut our losses when an item is lost.  We purchase a new one, we go without, or we give up and move on with our day.  Unless that “thing” is of great value to us.  Then we stop at nothing to find it.  Imagine, for example, the fervor with which we seek for a toddler who wanders away in a store, or the endless calling into the woods for a lost pet, or the forensic experts who spent not days, weeks, or months, but FOUR YEARS combing through the rubble of 9-11 to identify tiny specks of remains for bereaved families so they would have something–anything–to bury.  55 minutes becomes 55 hours, 55 days.  An entire lifetime can be spent…searching. 

The preciousness of the lost ones?  They are always worth the effort, for God.

For our prayer, you will need to use your imagination.  Echo Jesus’ words:  Rejoice with me, for I have found _________ that I had lost.  Pray it once with your name.  Now, pray it again, with the name of a person that you find it a challenge to love.

Rejoice with me, for I have found _________ that I had lost.   Amen.