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Luke 15:22-24
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Can you imagine this scene? The wandering son, who rejected his father comes back home after wasting his wealth. In return, the father gives him a robe (covering for his sin and shame), a ring (restored identity and belonging), and sandals (renewed purpose and meaning). Certainly we can feel the joy in being found.

But take for a moment to consider the servants. They joined this celebration as well because the one the father lost has now been found. He’s not dead. He’s alive! Do we have that same sense of compassion, joy and longing for God’s lost sons and daughters to return to him and be fully restored?

Lord, we are your servants waiting with you for the return of your sons and daughters. We pray for them to “come to their senses” and find their way into your loving care. Send us out to go find the lost and send us out prepare the celebration for new life!