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Are You Lost or Found? Article by Debby Efurd

I’ve been thinking a lot about lost and found lately.  Maybe it’s because school is ready to start and I remember how much time I spent looking for stuff in the “lost and found room.”  Then (and now) I seem to always lose something (although my husband would beg to differ; he says nothing is ever lost).

My husband is right. I’ve been re-reading one of my favorite parables this week …The Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32).  It’s a beautiful story of the picture of God’s love for us as His children. His love does not depend on our faithfulness; His love is unconditional even when we are wayward. He loved us while we were still prodigals. Though we are demanding and do not remain faithful, God is still our faithful and loving Father. This is important to me because I’ve gotten “lost” so many times in my life.

God is a generous and lavish Father toward His children. Just like a shepherd, He walks into the night to find His lost. There are no heights, lengths, or depths God is unwilling to travel to find us.

My understanding of this parable has deepened over my many years when I was the prodigal and when I was like the older son. My understanding has transitioned from forgiveness to grace, and the way I approach my Lord has changed as well. Today I’m no longer a wayward child who comes to Him broken and repentant. Today I find myself as a child of a good and generous God loving me just the way I am.

Where are you … lost or found?

Luke 15:31-32, “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”

Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries. Learn more about the ministry by liking our Facebook page ( and downloading our FREE mobile app ( from App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, allow notifications to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Cary John Efurd Ministries. Debby can be contacted at Feel free to comment at

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