056CR - The Lost Sheep

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In the parable of the lost sheep it says, “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine, and go into the wilderness after that which is lost, until he find it?” (JST Luke 15:4)

Well, since it’s that time of year when we remember the gift of a Savior, may I share a story?

A few years ago, my sister-in-law purchased a small nativity set, and put it up in her home. It wasn’t long before she noticed one of the pieces was missing. Well, after a careful search, she found the missing piece and put it back,

The next year she put out that same nativity set, and again within a short time that same piece was missing. After another careful search, it was found and returned to its place.

A few days later, Mom got a wild idea. She decided to hide that same nativity piece just to see if anyone would notice that it was missing. Within the hour, her youngest son Ryan came to her.

“Mom, it’s missing!” he said somewhat anxiously.

Well, Mom gave him back the piece and calmed his concerns. And indeed, he had noticed that it was gone.

Later, as Mom reflected on the experience, it suddenly struck her: It was Ryan who noticed the missing piece – because it was Ryan’s favorite piece; it was the one he always played with. The missing piece was the lamb. It was Ryan’s lamb.

Now my friends, Christmas is that one time of the year when we reflect upon what the Savior means to us. But please know this: Though we may focus on Him once a year, He is ever with us, and constant in His love and concern for us.

At the beginning, I quoted what could be called ‘the creed of heaven,’ ‘the creed of God.’ Do you remember?

It said, “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine, and go into the wilderness after that which is lost…” – now
please note this, especially if you know someone who’s lost, it ends – “…until he find it.” (JST Luke 15:4)

Merry Christmas to you. We have received the gift of a Savior who will never let us go.

Glenn Rawson – December 2001
Music: (unreported)
Song: Candlelight Carol – Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra
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