Sermon quotes on being lost

Dante Alighieri

In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.

The Divine Comedy

Augustine of Hippo

Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.

Daniel Boone

I can’t say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.

Quoted in Chester Harding, My Egotisigraphy

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.   

 Taken from Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas, 187) 


Reinhard Bonnke

You may feel lost in a sea of people but remember — He knows you by name. He knows your story. He knows your pain. And He loves you the same.

Reinhard Bonnke

Christ did not die to give people a career but to save the lost.

Evangelism by Fire: Keys for Effectively Reaching Others With the Gospel

Frederich Buechner

“What’s lost is nothing to what’s found, and all the death that ever was, set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup.”

Godric: A Novel, Harper One.

D.A. Carson

We are lost when human opinion means more to us than God’s.

For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word, Volume 1, 2006, Crossway

Ellen DeGeneres

Never follow anyone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. Then by all means follow that path.

Sarah Dessen

“It’s a lot easier to be lost than found. It’s the reason we’re always searching and rarely discovered-so many locks not enough keys.”

Lock and Key

Victor Hugo

Have courage for the great sorrows in life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace, God is awake.    

The Letters of Victor Hugo: From Exile, and After the Fall of the Empire, Volume 2

Martin Luther

I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.


The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.    

Rollo May

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.

Steve Mcqueen

I need to have a reason why I’m doing something. Otherwise I’m lost.    

Matta al-Miskin

It is clear that Christ himself was responsible for the drawing near of sinners who came to him and sat to eat with him. They came because in him they discovered themselves to be lost, and their tormented consciences found rest and peace. They loved him because they felt his love for them.

The Gospel According to Saint Luke (Arabic), (Cairo: Dayr al-Qiddis Anba Maqar, 1998), p. 568.

Michel de Montaigne

The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.

Barbara Brown Taylor

God does some of God’s best work with people who are truly, seriously lost.

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, HarperOne

Henry David Thoreau

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

Joseph B. Wirthlin

We are commanded to seek out those who are lost. We are to be our brother’s keeper.

Thomas Wolfe

A young man is so strong, so mad, so certain, and so lost. He has everything and he is able to use nothing.

David Foster Wallace

[Describing many of his friends] Something that doesn’t have very much to do with physical circumstances, or the economy, or any of the stuff that gets talked about in the news. It’s more like stomach-level sadness. I see it in myself and my friends in different ways. It manifests itself as a kind of lostness.

Taken from Huburt Dreyfus & Sean Dorrance Kelly, All Things Shining, Free Press, 2011, p.24.

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