If you ever have had the experience of losing something very precious and then finding it again you will have experienced on a small scale the kind of rejoicing that takes place in heaven when even one lost soul turns back to God. Last week Jesus told us how very costly it is to be a disciple of Christ. This week in Luke 15 he goes on to tell us how very precious and valuable each of us is to God. I don’t know if you have ever thought of yourself as a source of joy to God but Jesus wants us to know in no uncertain terms how very much God loves us. “I tell you there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10
This truly is the story of God’s amazing grace. No matter how lost you may be and no matter how undeserving you may feel, God is not happy until each of his children has been brought safely home. It was this truth that the slave trader John Newton wrote about when he penned the famous hymn that we love so much.
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I'm found.
Was blind but now I see.
John Newton 1725-1807
Till next time. Andrew
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Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills