Hey, y’all! Today, I am sharing a little from my heart to yours! This has been sitting on my heart for a few weeks with you all in mind…I hope you enjoy!
A few weeks ago, we were doing our family advent, and it was centered around this verse.
4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
This story is a parable of God being a shepherd and the rest of us being his flock, and I don’t know about you, but I find such comfort knowing he seeks us all with the same expectation. This is good news for all the imperfect people out there (myself included MOST ASSUREDLY).
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
The next part of the advent activity was that one family member had to go and hide in the house with the rest of the family going to seek him/her (Much like how God seeks us, right?). Luke has a serious gift for hide and go seek, so we sent him off to hide and then set off to find him. It took us a while to find him, but eventually we found him flattened against the wall, on one leg, behind the upstairs Christmas tree.
The next part is my favorite: Rob went running toward the tree, pulled a giggling little boy from his one legged perch, threw him over his shoulder, and we all laughed as he brought him downstairs…..Luke is no stranger to drama, so he kicked his legs a bit and flailed while his daddy carried him down.
As I followed him downstairs, I thought this….How many times has God found us all in our sin-driven “hiding place” one-legged , and doing our best to not found…and each time, He finds us…drags us out (sometimes kicking and flailing ;)), throws us over his shoulders, and Rejoices over us.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Happy Wednesday, Friends! God loves and seeks us all….true comfort and hope rests Him. See you back here tomorrow for our favorites.