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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 14, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, November 14

Luke 15:3-4 So [Jesus] told them this parable: “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?”

My college roommate and his family were shepherds. They owned a ranch and had other livestock, but their primary herd was sheep. During summer breaks, I spent time on the ranch. Daytime chores included tending to sheep that had their heads stuck in fences and other strange places.

I learned rather quickly that sheep were not especially smart, and without a shepherd they became utterly lost. For a long time, I thought the reason Jesus often refers to us as sheep is because we are always getting lost and sticking our heads in places they don’t belong. But another thing I observed on the ranch was the great love shepherds have for their flocks. Maybe Jesus’ great love for us is the real reason he refers to us as sheep.

MOVING FORWARD: Think about the last thing you lost. How did you go about seeking it again? Did you find it?

PRAY for the Diocese of Kano (Nigeria)

Ps 119:97-120 * 81, 82 | Joel 2:12-19 | Revelation 19:11-21 | Luke 15:1-10

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