A Message From The Publisher
“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” Luke 15:4
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Have you ever been lost? If you have I’m sure that the anxiety and fear are rated amongst the most frightening things that can happen to you.
I remember once when I was working as a therapist at a juvenile residential treatment home in Dayton Ohio. A reward for those students who earned it was to have an outdoor experience in the wilderness.
The state park we chose was beautiful with waterfalls, rock climbing, caves and an old grits mill. The grits mill was operated by flowing water.
As I fondly remembered, this was a place that you, pardon the pun, could get lost in. We had gotten so caught up that we lost track of time, the sun was setting and none of us could remember which way we had come through the woods.
Needless to say, tensions were high expectations totally thrown to the wind and we were left at the mercies of each other. Even though I was in charge, when you’re lost it feels like nobody is in charge.
Once I was able to regain the confidence of the group by using some elementary therapeutic tactics like transferring the blame on someone else and not exposing my hand completely of being lost, we were able to begin to process and navigate our way back.
The training we had learned together in preparation for our outdoor adventures allowed us to get back on track, remembering we were all in this together.
How ironic it is today to feel that in the midst of all of this transitioning and rearranging and exposing the shortcomings and mental deficiencies that some of our leadership have who are in key positions, I feel as though I am loss.
Never mind the seriousness of the matter, how many lives are being lost, and what ruins befall us, we are in this together; the old sci-fi series Lost in Space has nothing on us.
However, what is really refreshing about this ordeal is I now truly understand that I have no control over it. It- being lost or coming out or adjusting to where I am – surely the burden is lessen when the weight is given to the Burden Barrier.
I would hope and pray that those of us who perhaps can relate to being lost and losing some form of control, we realize that we don’t have any and that for any one of us to realize that somebody may be loss or feeling lost and we don’t try to offer some kind of direction, then we are truly lost.
Dear God in the name of Jesus, I pray that the lost be found in You where there is no lost, no weary and never any loneliness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
THE LEAST, THE LOST AND THE LEFT