That which was Lost
A family were clearing out Grandad’s home after he’d passed away and found a ticket for some shoes he had taken in to be mended. The date on the ticket was for some forty years before. He clearly hadn’t been to pick up his repaired shoes. Surely the shoes were now lost! However, the family knew that the same shop was still there on the high street so they decided to take the ticket in. Entering the shop they explained the situation to the cobbler and handed him the ticket. He went into his back room and returned with the words, ‘Yes, I’ve got them and they’ll be ready on Thursday.’ Nothing changes does it? Our expectation is not changed by the passage of time. The wonderful thing about our faith is that it is consistent. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He doesn’t change even when we and the world go through enormous upheaval. We can rest in his absolute care. His love is constant and unconditional. We may be up and down but he is always there for us and longs that we come to him. Sometimes we may think that we are beyond the love of God. Maybe we have been away from him for so long that we feel it is impossible to come back. Maybe we feel that we are not good enough or that in some way we have let him down to the extent that we are beyond God’s love. Well, the fact is that you are never lost. God’s love for you is beyond measure – you are precious in his sight. He conquered sin and death so that you might have life. When we come to him, we can have the assurance of sins forgiven.