Roger went missing again for the third time in as many months. He’s unpredictable, like watching a friendly ghost fade in and out of sight with little difference between “present” and “absent”. Yet over the years his coming and going has been woven into our lives. Even in between appearances he is one of us.
Jesus told stories about lost sheep, lost coins and stumbling upon hidden treasure. For him it was never about “who messed up?” or “what went wrong?” but always about “who is missing?” Without the missing ones “we” can never be whole.
Roger went missing again and we went looking. Thankfully, he found us when we passed one of his usual haunts. He said, “where you been?” It’s frustrating but we went looking because being mindful of the “missing ones” is how we find ourselves. It’s the way God comes looking for us.