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Monday, November 18, 2013
Today’s Reading | Matthew 18:10–14
“Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost. (NRSV)
There are a lot of classic little “Danny” Holladay stories. I am not sure I remember dancing on the center of the stove top naked with all the burners on high, but because I have heard the story so many times, I have a mental picture of it. All that to say, from what I have heard, when it came to my childhood you needed to always keep an eye on where I was going and what I was doing.
One time when I was at a department store with my mom, I decided to slide under one of the circle clothing racks and hide. Quickly my mom realized I was gone, and so the search began. After a while, store employees began to search, and then after a longer while, shoppers began to search. From the sounds of it eventually everyone in that department store was trying to find me. And good news for me—they found me.
Who knows what I was thinking or doing while hiding in that circular clothes rack, but one thing was for certain: my mom wasn’t going to go home until she found me. Yeah, I was a squirrely little curious kid who was hard to keep track of but I was her squirrely little curious kid and she loved me and she was going to do everything in her power not to lose me.
In our Bible reading today, that is what Jesus is saying: God is like my mom—actually it probably goes the other way—my mom was God-like that day. I was her kid and she wasn’t going to lose me. In all honesty, there are plenty of days that I try to hide from God, but because God loves me and I am his, God always comes looking for me.
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me enough to come looking for me. Please help me to see that staying with you is better than going my own way. Amen.
Written by Daniel Holladay, Senior High Youth Coordinator
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