Unconditional rejoicing

‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns than ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed. Luke 15:6b-7

The other ninety-nine may not see the point of rejoicing, thinking, “The fool wandered off and came home messy.” It is not up to us to clean up the sheep before celebrating its return. Heaven rejoices now. The party starts the minute any of us gets home.

Lord, without reservation or judgment, I rejoice and welcome those you bring home.