“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp
and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she
finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because
I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s
angels when even one sinner repents.” — Luke 15: 8-10
What we know:
A woman loses a coin that is valuable to her.
She recognizes that she needs to find her lost coin.
The woman cleans her house.
She finds her coin.
Her house is now clean and she can have friends over to celebrate.
The Kingdom of God is important.
It is valuable.
It is near.
Possibly even buried under our possessions.
But sometimes we get so much clutter and stuff in our lives that we misplace what
The Kingdom of God really is.
We spend, we buy, we consume. We fill our homes and lives with stuff. Stuff that
makes us forget about God’s Kingdom.
We forget how valuable it is.
We forget that it is near.
We lose sight that The Kingdom of God is in our own homes.
In our selflessness.
But then suddenly,
As clarity enters our confusion
We read a story about a woman who:
1) Lost her coin
2) Cleaned her house
3) Got rid of her clutter
4) Found her coin
And we are faced with yet another opportunity.
To empty our lives of stuff
So that we can make room for the new-born Son of God,
Who has come to be near us
To bring His Kingdom close
To be with us.
This calls for celebration.