The Lost Puppy

By Elizabeth Booth of Fort Gratiot, Michigan, USA

The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.  Isaiah 32:17–18

One brilliant summer day, Bridget my shih tzu puppy, lay in the window, longing to go outside.

She turned and looked at me, her big, black eyes saying, “Please let me go out and enjoy the yard.”

I opened the door, and she tore into the backyard.

Little did she know she was about to get more than she bargained for. She found a small hole in the wooden fence, and suddenly Bridget’s world got much bigger.

Minutes later I realized she was gone. In desperation I called and called. Suddenly I realized what had happened. I tried and tried to coax her back through the same hole. But in the excitement of exploring and discovering a different world in the neighbor’s yard, she wouldn’t come.

Soon, though, she found her new surroundings unfriendly and became frightened. But she just wouldn’t answer my call. In desperation I called my grandsons, Dylan and Ethan. They went around the fence and into the neighbor’s yard, picked up Bridget, and helped her back into her yard.

For many people Bridget’s story becomes real as they are enticed by the lure of the world. They wander away from their families and church. They become lost. Unable to find their way home, they begin praying for Jesus to search for them. Finding them, he’ll lead them back, where once again they can dwell in Christ’s peace.

Prayer for Peace:

Tender Shepherd, who never forgets any sheep, find us when we get lost. Bring us back to the path leading home. Bring us back to the path leading to peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Examining God’s Call to Me and to All

Each day this week reflect on God’s call in your life. Begin by prayerfully asking to recall particular moments when you have experienced God’s presence and invitation. Write in your journal or quietly reflect on images and insights that come.

When has God seemed most real in your life? How and when has God called you to use your energies and gifts? When have you felt most deeply connected and responsive to God’s movement in your life? When have you felt disconnected or resistant to God’s call? How do your gifts and callings connect with the call of God you notice in your family members, friends, congregation, or community?

Peace Covenant:

When I am lost, God, I will turn to you for guidance.

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