A Far Country

In the play You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown laments lunchtime: “I think lunchtime is about the worst time of the day for me. Always having to sit here alone. Of course, sometimes mornings aren’t so pleasant, either – waking up and wondering if anyone would really miss me if I never got out of bed. Then there’s the night, too – lying there and thinking about all the stupid things I’ve done during the day. And all those hours in between – when I do all those stupid things. Well I guess maybe lunchtime is only among the worst times of the day for me.”I

Those statements resonate with us because we all from time to time feel a little empty, a little hopeless, a little lost.

Luke 15 opens with these words “All the tax collectors and sinners were drawing near to listen to Him. And the Pharisees and scribes were complaining, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them!'”. Jesus is pending time around sinful people, and it bothered some people. In response to their concerns Jesus told these three stories: the story of the lost sheep, the story of the lost coin, and the story of the lost son. Jesus used these three stories to reshape how we think about what is lost, and to remind us about the Joy that should accompany being found.


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