I’m sitting here going through the “Lost and Found” basket (why I don’t know) that resides on a shelf near the front entrance of the church. In it there is a really nice pair of Califone headphones, a Portland Timbers hat, a devotional book titled “My Time with God”, a little box with a beautiful rose pin in it, assorted pieces of jewelry, a HUGE comb, two other books, a pinwheel and one pink glove. It seems as if people will bring anything and everything to church with them and leave anything and everything behind. That brings me to wonder. Is the world one big Lost and Found box? It’s full of people, all different kinds of people; people who are lost in sin and headed toward eternal death and damnation. We’re headed that way because of who we are and what we’ve done. But there are many people who aren’t in the box anymore. We’ve been found by God, taken out and we’re heading home…home to be with Him. Unlike the box that sits near the front door of the church, the people in the world’s “Lost Box” are making every attempt to stay there. They either don’t want to be found by their Creator God, perhaps because that means they would have to submit to His authority and will for their lives, or they tell Him to go away because their comfort zone is in the box…with all the other folks just like them. Those of us that have been taken out by God’s grace and through faith in Jesus our Savior have the opportunity to tell those left in there what a wonderful thing it is to be claimed by our God; how comforting and joyful it is to be heading home with Him forever. In both cases the best Lost and Found box is an empty one…so if you see me wearing a Portland Timbers hat, and you’re missing one, I’ll gladly give it up.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009