It occurs to me that I have not yet shared a single parable. An oddity in deed as they were a staple of Christ’s teaching method. There are dozens of parables to choose from: the ten virgins, the good samaritan, the labourers, the prodigal son and the list continues. I’m sure I may get to a few of them as Christmas approaches. So which should I share on this 6th day of Christmas?
In Luke 15:8-9 we read the parable of the lost coin:
Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it. And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
Likewise there is joy in heaven for your joy. The Lord spells out this parable to the reader. Every soul is precious to God and there is rejoicing when the lost coin or the lost sheep or the lost son is found. I also take from these parables that heaven rejoices in your success and weeps with you in your failures. So, what have you lost? What talent have you buried or neglected or wilfully traded away for naught? We are fast approaching the season of resolutions. It may just be time to light a candle, sweep the house and seek diligently to regain what you’ve lost. Heaven will rejoice with you in its finding.