“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?” – Luke 15:8
If my fortune were confined
to just ten coins, well, Jesus,
then I’d search and search
to find the one I’d lost.
And if my flock were just
a century, and one astray,
because I treasure life I’d search
until I found it safe and whole.
The trouble is, dear Jesus,
that you’ve used the coin and sheep
as if they represented people
lost and disregarded.
If they were precious, we would seek.
Because we do not seek, you know they’re not.
Not precious to us.
Not precious in the world we’ve made.
And there you are, lamp-bearer,
there you are, sheep-seeker,
for those we do not treasure
are so precious in your sight.
A poem/prayer based on Luke 15:1-10, the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel Reading for Year C, Proper 19: (24).
The image is Parable of the Lost Drachma (ca. 1618) by Domenico Fetti – Web Gallery of Art: Info about artwork, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15453383.