Pastor Karen Crawford, The Presbyterian Church in Coshocton, Ohio
Sometimes we do things that we wish we hadn’t done. That happened to my cat, Seamus, today. He was horsing around with his brother and knocked over a lamp–and a lot of other stuff–from Jim’s nightstand. Here’s what it looked like after Seamus was done:
This is what happened when we started cleaning up the mess. Seamus suddenly disappeared! Jim found him hiding underneath his dresser. Of course, he didn’t know his legs were sticking out.
But there was no reason to hide from us. He wasn’t going to get in trouble. We didn’t scold him. We offered him grace and forgiveness. Jim said, “We’re not mad at you. And we know you will probably do it again.”
And this is what we do–we hide from the Lord when we have done something wrong. And yet, God is the one who will always forgive us and love us. He offers us, through belief in His Son, Jesus, the gift of living forever with him. We call this eternal life. Thanks be to God for His amazing grace and gift of eternal life!