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t’s Friday! I’m joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Many of us writing on that same word.

Today’s prompt is … Lose.

One look at the word and it immediately came to my mind … my earring.

A few weeks ago, I lost one of my diamond earrings. I am not even sure of the monetary worth as their worth truly was in the sentiment.

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? and when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, “Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.” In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” (Luke 15: 8-10, NLT)

Once I discovered my loss, I searched our home high and low. The bed was already made, so I carefully unmade it in the hopes it had fallen out during the night. I repeated this several times over the course of the day.

We looked under the bed, in the bathrooms, in the cushions of the couches, and anywhere I had been in the house over the course of the day. All to no avail.

To lose is defined as “to come to be without (something in one’s possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery.”

And there is little prospect, or hope, of my finding the earring at this point.

But my loss is teaching me a lesson. I am praying for the son of a dear friend who has lost his way in this life. He’s about the same age as my own son. My dear friend and I have journeyed many miles together as our sons grew up. There have been many prayers offered up for both boys as our hearts have melded into one with a desire for both, now men, to walk in the plans our God hs for each of them.

My loss has given me the slightest inkling of the joy which is experienced when one returns to God. I now know, the phone calls I would make to share my news if ever my earring was found. And our lives are of more worth than one earring to our God.

“Celebrate with me! …. Count on it – that ‘s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.” (The Message)


Today I am joining … Five Minute Friday and Faith Filled Friday and Grace & Truth and Dance With Jesus and #FreshMarketFriday .