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8 “Or what woman, if she owns ten silver coins and loses one of them, won’t light a lamp and sweep the house, searching her home carefully until she finds it? 9 When she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, joy breaks out in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who changes both heart and life.”
It’s easy to miss how inclusive Jesus was in his day’s male-driven culture. “[The first parable] pictures a man at work, and the next one features a woman at home.” * For most of us, coins are no big deal. But for a first-century woman, “The ten silver coins are most likely the woman’s ketubah, or dowry—the only money she brings into the marriage that is technically hers even if the marriage is dissolved.” ** In her [likely] dimly lit home with a straw floor, the woman “carefully” hunted for the coin.
Gracious God, you came in the person of Jesus to seek and save the lost. Come into me each day to touch the lives you are still seeking. Amen.
When I think of celebrating someone who has changed both “heart and life,” I think of my sister-in-law. When my brother married her, I was blessed to inherit a sister-friend. She is one of the bravest, strongest, most passionate people I know. She loves her people big and can strike a good balance between boundaries and going out of her way to support her people. She knows how to say no, but when she says yes, she is all in! I admire her so much.
Recently, I have been able to celebrate a huge win for her. In 2019, she was diagnosed with a kidney disease, Membranous Nephropathy. This type of disease required her to undergo dialysis multiple times a day, as her kidney function went from 15% to 8%, as well as go to the doctor for regular labs, and eventually to need a kidney transplant. From the outside, she took this all in stride. On the inside, she felt fear, uncertainty and frustration with the limitations her illness imposed on her daily life as a mother of seven, a grandmother, a wife, a sister, a business owner, and a friend.
Thankfully, in August 2023, she received a kidney transplant from a young organ donor between 20 and 25 years old. Although she struggles with the reason (someone else’s loss) she was able to receive a new kidney, she is so grateful for the opportunity to enjoy a more healthy, full life. My sister-in-law exemplifies what it means to “find her lost coin.” And her family, friends and those around her, do not hesitate to celebrate WITH her what God has done in her life, and the opportunity for joy to break out amongst the presence of God’s angels. This is such a reminder of how valuable we are to God, and how he makes miracles happen every day, if we are patient and seek His guidance.
* Richard B. Vinson, study note on Luke 15:4 in The CEB Study Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2013, p. 143 NT.
** Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993, comment on Luke 15:8.