Have your students read the Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10). This parable is a part of a series of three parables about the mercy of God. It is preceded by the Parable of the Lost Sheep and followed by the Parable of the Prodigal (Lost) Son.
When reading this or any parable, it is important not only to teach your students to understand the symbolism with the story, but to meditate on how the story relates to their own lives. This approach is based on the Lectio Divina method of reading the Bible.
God is the woman in the parable. The lost coin is a person who has turned away from God. The parable expresses the unfathomable mercy of God.
Meditation & Prayer
Lead your students in a reflection on their lives and the temptations that lead them away from God.
- When have you been the lost coin?
- When did God rejoice with his angels for you?
Then, have them compose a prayer of gratitude for God’s mercy on us when we are sinners.
The Parable of the Lost Coin Worksheet
Download and print this worksheet for your students to use to meditate and pray about this parable. Students will write or draw the temptations that lead them away from God, then compose a prayer of forgiveness and gratitude in response to this reading.
To get more worksheets like this one, check out The Religion Teacher’s Parable Worksheet Pack.