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?
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.