“Which of you parents, if your child asks for a fish, will offer a snake instead?
Or if that child asks for an egg, offer a scorpion?
If you then know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will God give to you!”
From Luke 11:11-13
The recent anniversary of a loved ones passing has brought her to mind more than usual. This morning, I recalled a conversation we’d had years ago… At the time, my friend reasserted her conviction that she was completely unforgivable. Before allowing me to utter a word of consolation, she enumerated her alleged evil-doing and the resulting sorrow which filled her life. My friend ended her lengthy monologue with a deluge of tears. When I moved closer to her on the couch we shared, she collapsed in my arms.
I waited some time for her sobs to fade into whimpering and for her tears to run out. When my friend had no energy left to fight off my consolation, I told her that I was glad I could be with her and that I loved her. We sat for a few more minutes until I found the courage to ask if she felt better. She smiled and admitted, “I feel a lot better!”
I was most grateful that she gave me that opening. “You know,” I said, “I’d never hold your past against you. You lived through some really tough times and I certainly understand what drove you to do what you did. You know what else? My opinion doesn’t matter. God’s does. If I can sit here with you and forgive you and love you, just think of how much more God does all of this for you. God will never ever give up on you!” I think that my friend believed me. When she called to thank me later that day, I could hear the smile in her voice. I think God was smiling, too.
Dear God, thank you for loving us no matter what!.
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