In a newspaper column dealing with Faith and Values, author Jodi Detrick offers encouragement about the things or people in life that we may count as lost. She says the story of a wedding ring that was lost and then recovered over 50 years ago still inspires her. She tells how one of the men who worked with her father at a sawmill, had the job of gathering scrap lumber and other combustible debris and loading it onto a conveyor that carried the waste into a burner to be incinerated. When his finished work, the man realized that his wedding ring was missing. He feared it had fallen off onto the conveyor and had been burned with the trash. After the employees searched the mill and did not find it, they feared the worse. Several days later, Linda, Jodi’s sister was playing near the burner and opened one of the lower doors. No one knew why she was so fascinated by the ashes, but as she poked around in the burner, she saw something shiny inside. She reached in and pulled out the lost wedding ring. The man was excited to have the ring returned. Jodi says reflecting back on the story, she is reminded not to give up hope on lost things or people, because when we keep looking there is a glimmer of promise that the lost can be found.—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Don’t give up on lost things or people, by Jodi Detrick, http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2021053128_faith detrick25xml.html, Accessed May 25, 2013.
Luke 19:10 (CEV) The Son of Man came to look for and to save people who are lost."