The Lost Coin



Background passage: Luke 15:11-32
Daily reading: Luke 15:8-10
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Focus passage: “Or what woman, if she owns ten silver coins and loses one them, won’t light a lamp and sweep the house, searching her home carefully until she finds it?” Luke 15:8

In this short parable a woman with ten coins notices that she has lost one of her coins.  Unlike with the story of the lost sheep, we are hard pressed to say that the fault of the lose lays with the coin.  We all know that coins don’t lose themselves.   

We lose coins.

We can all relate to this story.  We all have lost something of significance and have retraced our steps, turned on the lights, pulled up the edge of the carpet, or the couch cushions.  Depending on its value we have spent a significant amount of time in the search. 

But what we all realize is that with items that are lost, we are to blame for their misplacement and our forgetfulness in our action of misplacing them.  The focus of the short parable then is on us and our search. 

Is there something missing in your life?  Are you willing to take the steps to find what you have lost? 

Prayer: God thank you for all that I have, (name all you can think of that you have) show me ways to be generous with what I have with others. Amen.

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