“That One of These Little Ones Should Be Lost”
Help us, Lord, to see those are struggling with their faith or who are wandering away from you in the same way that you see them—with love, with grace, and with compassion.
Cause us to share in your ruthless pursuit of those who wander away and get lost and to share in your great joy when they are found.
Never let us forget that we are little ones, too, and that we can go astray and get lost too, and that we need your love, grace, and compassion—and maybe a little help from our brothers and sisters—too.
“Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.” (Matthew 18:10-14)