What woman having ten silver coins,
           if she loses one of them,
           does not light a lamp, sweep the house,
           and search carefully until she finds it?

                           —Luke 15.8

What is lost in you?
Silenced, ignored, abandoned,
repressed, forgotten, hidden?
God is looking for it.

A peasant woman’s ten silver coins
is surely her dowry: a symbol of worth,
assurance of security, a promise of marriage.
So precious are you to God.

Where is there hidden in you
a coin of your belovedness,
a treasured future,
the gleam of divine fidelity?

She will find it,
and she will rejoice.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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