Missionary Tim Flunker, the Hispanic Outreach Consultant for the Board for Home Missions of our synod, was the guest preacher for our annual joint Mission Festival, which Grace hosted this year. He preached on Luke 15:1-10, the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. He pointed out how, even though the shepherd and the woman did not rejoice until after they found the lost sheep and coin, the finding couldn’t have been their only source of joy. The shepherd doubtless slaughtered a sheep for the feast he hosted, and the woman doubtless spent more than one coin for the party she hosted. Their joy must have been not just in the finding, but in the looking. So too, our joy should not just be in the finding when sharing God’s word with lost souls, because often the findings are scant. Our joy also needs to be in the looking, just as our Savior found joy in seeking us. Then our joy will never run out, regardless of the results.