Matthew 18:10–14 (ESV)
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 12 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? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So
it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
This passage always takes me back to a dear friend named Otto Loessin.
He was a rancher in Columbus, TX, that ran a bunch of cattle and used our land along with his. I loved spending time with him. He would often come by the house and pick me up and take me with him. I was just as happy as his cow
dog to ride in his truck and spend time with him. One day, he came by earlier than normal and I trotted out to get into his gray Ford pickup. He told me he had a cow that was in trouble and we need to find her. He knew she was missing.
So, for the sake of one cow, we were on a journey. It didn’t take long for Otto to find her. She was lying on her side at the edge of some yaupon trees. Now… Otto did not put the cow over his shoulders and carry her back, but
I did get to witness Otto helping the cow give birth to a calf. I know Otto loved his cows and knew every one of them. His love was great, but Jesus love for us even greater. He died so that we can live. Otto would not have died so
that cow could live, he would have rather lived and let the cow die… if it came down to that. Otto always loved a good steak. I have many fond memories of my times with the Loessin family. By the way, the cow lived and so did the calf,
and Otto still ate a steak that night. We too are to go after the lost sheep who have wandered away and there will be much rejoicing when the sheep is brought back home.
I pray: O Lord, help me to care for others and to keep a watchful eye for those in need. Lead me to the lost and help them to come back home. Amen.