Until He Find It – Dempster

Every evening after we’ve eaten we take a few minutes to read and ponder a chapter from the Bible.

It was a routine started back when our boys were young.

Nowadays it just me and Roz, and we take turns to choose which book or passage is read.

Yesterday we came to Luke 15, and the immortal words “until he find it” which refer to the Good Shepherd who leaves the 99 for one lost sheep.

As we reflected on the passage it occurred to me that these words were once regularly read from the pulpit. In the non-conformist tradition Luke 15 became so well known that many moved away from “Gospel Preaching” and instead started to follow “themes”.

The pendulum has now swung so far the other way that you almost never hear a sermon on the Lost Sheep, Lost coin, and Prodigal son.

So our little study last night proved inspirational.

I remember a slim volume by G.F.Dempster, and before turning in for the night had managed to read most of it through.

In the morning I polished off the last 30 pages.

Geoffrey Dempster worked with seamen, and had a special love for the “lost”. In this unfinished volume he recounts tales of those he served and sought, and tells of transformed lives and incredible miracles.

How sad it is that many of us (me included) now seek to meet people of “high renown” and the ability to pay us back with a meal, or holiday – rather getting out there and seeking to bless those at their wits end.

As you can imagine I really enjoyed the book, and the autobiographical tale of a man who literally gave his all to serve his Lord.

It had an even more special connection as Geoffrey King who wrote the introduction used to lead lunch-time meetings in Croydon YMCA back in 1977 when I was just starting out as a new recruit for Commercial Union insurance.

How I miss men like that who ministered wherever he could to promote The Saviour’s name.