Thursday, March 05, 2009

Deuteronomy 9:23 – 10:5, Psalm 50, Hebrews 4:1-10, John 3:16-21

When I read today’s messages, they brought to mind my life and that of many of us.

We are born and we are loved by our parents. Sometimes, if we are the first born, there is a lot expected of us, as our parents want a “perfect child” - thereby making them the “perfect parents.” Well, that doesn’t always happen. (Even God came to this realization with Adam and Eve.) Yes, we love our parents, we trust our parents, we follow their rules whether they are 20 or 120; but then it happens. We start to get our own ideas - or those of our friends. We break a rule -- maybe two or three, and it puts a rift between us and our parents. We may go hours, days, or even years with no communication between us. But then, hopefully, we realize that time is passing quickly and our parents are getting old - we are getting old! Time is running out. We swallow our pride, give up our stubbornness, and ask for forgiveness. Our parents, who want that perfect relationship, might hug us, kiss us, and say, “I love you, I have always loved you, and I forgive you. I have been waiting for this day. Come, sit by me, and rest.”

Most of us probably did not have the perfect parent or child; neither were we the perfect parent or child. But we do have God, who is the perfect parent; and we have Jesus, who is the one example of that perfect child. We don’t compare, but we can strive to do our best, knowing that God is waiting patiently for us to ask for His forgiveness and to mend the rift between us. God will go on forever, but we have limited days. We don’t know exactly how many days are left, so we must act quickly. If we slip up again, and we will, all we have to do is ask, and we will receive God’s forgiveness, and He will say, “I love you, I have always loved you, and I forgive you. I have been waiting for this day. Come, sit by me, and rest.”

--VAT

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