Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: John 6:35-40
"And this is the will of the One who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what He gave me." John 6:39a
In the true-to-life movie, Breakthrough, fourteen-year-old John Smith falls through the ice on a frozen lake. He's trapped underwater for over fifteen minutes. Although all seems lost, his adopted mother, Joyce, will not accept that her son is gone.
She prays over his non-breathing body with a deep passion and a fierce faith that won't quit, no matter who tries to tell her there's no point. Her love won't allow her to stop. Her love won't allow her to lose what God gave her.
Jesus has that same deep, passionate, and fierce love for us. As the Good Shepherd, He'll go to any extreme to find a lost sheep. His love won't allow Him to stop looking. His love won't allow Him to lose what God gave him.
Jesus and Joyce Smith illustrate what we moms need to do for our children. We can't ever give up on the pursuit of leading them to God, even when their peers, social media, Hollywood, and just about every other platform out there is trying to steal them away and claim their souls.
God gave us our children. His will is for us not to lose them, ever. No matter the situation, be it a loss of faith, drugs, or alcohol, when we pray deeply, passionately, and fiercely, without ceasing, we can bring them back.
If and when we lose hope, we need only look to John Smith who is alive and well, and studying to be a pastor, all because his mom refused to lose what God gave her.
Have any of my children strayed? What can I do to bring them back?
Good Shepherd, give me the perseverance I need to never give up on the pursuit of leading my children to You. I pray in Your name. Amen.
Copyright 2021 Claire McGarry
About the Author
Claire McGarry is the author of the Lenten devotional "With Our Savior," published by Creative Communications for the Family/Bayard, Inc. and Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary, to be published by Our Sunday Visitor in the fall of 2021. Her freelance work has appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Focus on the Family magazine, Catechist magazine, These Days devotional, and Keys for Kids devotional. The founder of MOSAIC of Faith, a ministry with several different programs for mothers and children, she blogs at Shifting My Perspective.