Lost in Omaha

Monday, September 16

9-16By Cindy L. Korf of North Platte, Nebraska, USA

…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 18:12–14

I was in Omaha, Nebraska, and though I was unfamiliar with the city, I thought I knew where I was going. I was confident I could drive to a store and back to the hotel by myself. I did not need a map or guidance. But after an hour on roads that led to I don’t know where, I knew I had lost my way.

As I waited at a red light, surrounded by cars and traffic moving quickly in the opposite direction, the realization that I was lost engulfed me and drained the life from me. I thought, “I’m only lost in a large city. How does one cope with losing their way in life? How does one travel the perilous roads of life without God?”

We might fool ourselves into thinking we know the way, but without God, we really are lost. Thankfully, we have God. We have the scriptures, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit to direct, guide, and escort us on our journey of life. We need never be alone.

Prayer for Peace
Tender Shepherd, we thank you for searching for us when we lose our way. Thank you for your comfort and guidance on our journey. Help us never to lose sight of Christ’s mission. May we faithfully share Christ’s peace with those who lose their way.

Spiritual Practice: Praying with a Partner
Pray with a partner if possible, or imagine Christ sitting with you. The heart is a center of compassion and spiritual connection. Stand or sit across from your partner with hands open and palms up. Invite your partner to place hands, palms down, on your hands. Close your eyes and be aware of the connection between your heart and your partner’s heart. What needs, feelings, or longings do you sense? Invite God’s presence to flow into you and move from your heart to the heart of your partner. Feel or see God’s healing light and love flowing between your hearts. After a period of silent prayer, thank God and your partner. Say amen. (You also may pray this prayer by envisioning a particular person across from you.)

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will open myself to your Spirit and focus on what matters most.

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