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Luke 15:1-10

The Lost Puppy and the Lost Sheep

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Luke 15:1-10
The Lost Puppy and the Lost Sheep

By Dell Smith Klein

OBJECT: You might like to use big pictures of a puppy and a lamb


Kyle was excited when the family dog had her puppies. There were six cute puppies and Kyle’s dad promised that one of them would be his when they got a little bigger. One day Mom asked Kyle to watch the puppies outside so they could get a little exercise while she cleaned their crate and gave the mother dog a little break.

All six puppies rolled and tumbled in the grass and Kyle laughed as he watched them. When Mom came back to get them there were only five puppies. Mom took the five puppies inside to be with their mother. But Kyle began to look for the missing puppy. He didn’t find the puppy in the sand box. He didn’t find the puppy by the swing. He didn’t find the puppy in the garden.

Kyle wasn’t sure where else to look until he heard the puppy whine – from the neighbor’s yard. Soon, he found the little hole in the fence that the puppy had wriggled through. He coaxed it back into his yard and took it inside to be with the other puppies and the puppies’ mother.

Kyle’s story about the lost puppy reminded me of a story from the Holy Bible. It is a story that Jesus told his disciples. Jesus said if a man had a hundred sheep but lost one of them, he would leave the 99 sheep in a safe place, and search for the one lost sheep until he found it. (Hold up the picture of the Sheep.) And when he found the lost sheep, he would carry it home and call all his friends and neighbors to tell the story so they could be happy with him about it.

Jesus went on to explain that God doesn’t want any of us to be lost either. He said that there will be more joy in heaven over one person who repents than over 99 who don’t need to repent. That is because he loves us so much. He doesn’t want any of us to be lost. Like Kyle, who searched and searched for the lost puppy. In his house there were five puppies, but that one little one was lost. So Kyle searched until he found it. That same way, God cares for us and does not want even one of us to be lost.

Aren’t you glad that God loves us like that?

Let’s Pray.

PRAYER: God, in heaven, thank you for your love. We are glad that you don’t want us to be lost and that Jesus told people this story of the lost sheep to show us how much you love and care for us. Amen.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan