Mr McLean found himself wondering why the "lost souls" got so much attention in the scriptures.
His thoughts then turned to the Prodigal son who came home and his dad threw a party.
He mentions Saul/Paul who was a world class persecutor on the road to Damascus and how he got a light and a voice.
He then mentioned that if "you're a sheep that strays from the fold, the good shepherd leaves the ninety and nine good guy sheep in search of the lost one."
(How grateful I am that the shepherd did leave those ninety and nine and come searching for me.)
Mr. McLean continued with this question, "but what about the people who aren't particularly lost but may feel unnoticed? What about the ones who are carpooling Cub Scouts, serving in soup kitchens, taking clothing to Goodwill, donating blood, singing in the choir, volunteering at the hospital, visiting the nursing home, tutoring students, teaching Sunday School, coaching Little League and doing the thousands of other activities the regular good guys do...without any spotlight or fanfare, without seeking any credit, without building themselves up? What about the ones who are wearing out their lives more or less being the kind of people the good shepherd doesn't have to worry about? What about them?"
May I include a humble branch president who takes time out of his busy schedule to call a member that he has learned is facing some dark challenges. He calls just to visit or his lovely wife who upon seeing this wounded soul throws her arms around her and lets her know how happy she is to see you and how you've have been missed.
It is so amazing at how healing a honest and loving hug and a thinking of you phone call can be.
Brother Joseph was really unto something when he talked about the power of love.
Mr. McLean finds his answers in music and these are the words that came into his mind to answer all his questions:
It's like...it's like I'm His favorite...
The last two weeks have been very trying for me and true to Mr McLean's words, My Savior came to me and reminded me of how very much He loves ME. I was reminded of that love via a Priesthood blessing from a friend who has known me since I was in the "depths of deep despair." The blessing I truly needed had been received.