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“Forgive us our Sins as We Forgive Those Who Sin Against Us”

Luke 15 1-3 By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.” Their grumbling triggered this story. 4-7 “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue. 8-10 “Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw once again her every time one lost soul turns to God.” Luke 15:1-10 The Message (MSG)

Let’s face it, there have been times when we (or at least I) have given up on someone. I bet you have known a person who simply will not listen to reason. Or a person who loves to hate. It seems impossible to help them. Years ago, I knew a couple who had a smart and pretty daughter. They raised her well and were seeing a bright future for her. As sometimes happens, she experimented with drugs as a teen and became dependent on chemicals. Not only that, but she blamed her parents for not understanding her addiction and often yelled and screamed at them for any little mistake they made.

They helped her enroll in a great rehab program and she seemed to be better. But, the pull of narcotics soon trapped her again. Mom and dad begged her to try again, but she refused. She stole money from her brother and parents and, after a while she became homeless. Through it all, her parents did all in their power to offer her a new life. Finally, her mom and dad picked her up off the street as she cursed them and delivered her to a safe place to attempt rehab again. Over the years the cycle was repeated.

Now, this story has a happy ending as she did finally, find her way to a happy, productive life that included her parents. Unfortunately, many parents do nor experience the success they did. In the middle of their pain and loss, when they went to find her again some folks in her church told them to give up on her. And, their response was that she was their daughter and there was no limit to the love and care they would lavish on her.

If you have ever known a person who is “lost”, you know how frustrating that can be. And, our willingness to forgive can become lost after repeated efforts to care. But Luke 15 seems to be saying that even at our lowest point, God is seeking and caring and loving us. The hard part of is that God calls us to seek, love and not give up on lost folk around us.

Pastor Carl