Jesus told this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
Sin of various kinds (any kind?) or shame, guilt, rejection, fear and such things that besiege us are like the dusk… continuing to get darker. And they get darker the longer we stay out there. The problem is, the darker it gets the harder it is to find our way. But the Shepherd is out looking and wanting to bring us home again.
“What do you think? If a man 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?” Jesus