I got a chuckle out of a story that hit the internet today about a father who packed his children and groceries in his car but left the baby behind in the shopping cart. Thankfully, the baby was found and safely delivered to the distraught dad. Aren't you glad your parental lapses never made the internet? Well, maybe they are now. You did well, Dad, to sit in the car with the bulk of your children, while Mom and a lucky two went into the store to shop. We were pretty well corralled that way. There was that one Sunday evening, though, when you left your youngest at church and didn't know until the pastor brought him home. I also recall you forgetting to pick up your teens after a football game. Did you really forget, Dad, or were you just enjoying some peace? I do think that you were your happiest, still, when we were all together under one roof. You were our own good shepherd, making sure that not one of us were lost.
New International Version (NIV)
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 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 shoulders 6 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.
Hymn - Brooke Fraser