Prayer: This day, O Lord, we come before You in prayer. Centre within us a desire to learn more about You and about Your Word. Amen.
Luke 15: 8 – 10
The Parable of the Lost Coin continues Jesus’ teaching on finding those who have been “lost” (or turned away from God) and brought back into the love of God.
When we think of coins, we think of our nickel, dime, quarter, loonie, and twoonie. If we drop one of our current coins, we might give a bit of a look for the coin but if we don’t find it, it is no real problem. We have other coins.
The coins mentioned in this portion of scripture are Greek currency coins called drachmas. The woman has ten drachmas (Greek currency). Each drachma is worth a day’s wages. She looses one coin and immediately begins to look for that lost coin. Looking at this parable from today’s Canadian wage standards, the woman would have lost a coin worth anywhere from $25.00 to $100.00. Indeed we would all be down on our hands and knees searching out this coin.
When the woman finds the lost coin, she calls her friends and neighbours and says, “Rejoice with me, I have found my lost coin”. Jesus continues telling the listeners that there is rejoicing in heaven when a person who has turned away from God, comes back into the love of God.
Today as you reflect on this portion of Scripture, also reflect on how a person can become “found” again… how a person can come back into the love of God. Is God asking you to help someone come back into the love of God?
Prayer: Great God, we thank You that we can always come into Your presence. Even if we have been away for a long while, You are always with us. Help us to become aware of Your presence this day so that we can live in Your love and Your joy. Amen.