DeacPost Welcome Home

“Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Luke 15:4-6

I wasn’t happy with the runaway dog who finally came home.  But Zoe, our 12-year-old granddaughter, was delighted. She said, “Grandma, you can’t holler at Flopsy for running away; you have to tell her what a good girl she is for coming home.”

Lesson learned — for this is how our Lord Jesus welcomes us when we return to him. How blessed we are to have such a loving Savior who gives us his love, his grace, his forgiveness – who receives us home with joy!

“Oh Lord of all the living, both banished and restored,
compassionate, forgiving and ever caring Lord,
grant now that our transgressing, our faithlessness may cease,
stretch out your hand in blessing, in pardon, and in peace.”

– Kevin Nichols (Hymn 606 ELW)

May this Lenten season be a returning to where we belong and to our Lord who holds out his arms and assuredly says, “Welcome Home.” 

Deaconess Jean Wildgrube, Rexford, NY 

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