What A Wonderful World!

There is so much sadness in the world. As much as I try to focus on the positives, there are times when grief tries to overtake me.

I have “lost” four close friends in less than a year. While they are not truly lost (we know where they are), I miss them.

Even though the pandemic separated us, we had the hope of an earthly reunion when things simmered down. Now we wait for the heavenly reunion.

It is not only their absence that has troubled me, but it is also thinking of the suffering they experienced before being released from their earthly bodies.

Suffering has a purpose, but still it is distressing both to the one experiencing it and also to those who watch, powerless to stop it.

But among the cumulative feelings of grief, today The Lord brought many opportunities to experience joy in witnessing His Grace and Mercy.

We got to spend time with our daughter, son in law and grandson. There was a time when I thought we would have to continue to be separated by distance. And then came the miracle of their moving here.

I saw our friend, who had life threatening heart surgery just a few months ago, celebrating his 76th birthday with his family. He looks wonderful!

I saw a father reunited with his once estranged daughter. I saw him helping her with her car. I saw the hugs that signaled restoration.

I saw the husband of my heavenly promoted friend out cutting his lawn. His faithful dog was by his side. Life, though different, has continued. He knows he lives in a community around him, who care.

I saw two friends, once separated by divorce, who have reunited. They were happily playing with their children and making plans for the future.

I saw children playing, enjoying the kind of childhood that so many others are missing. They were riding bikes, playing with sticks, climbing trees and running just for the fun of it.

I went on rides with my husband. We watched the sunset together, watched familiar tv shows, and shared hugs and good foot rubs.

I saw flowers and trees blooming and giving new promises of life to come. I saw birds building new nests. I heard their songs of joy. And just for an added treat, we saw “Mother Goose” tending to newly hatched babies at the lake tonight.

All of that was in one day. And there were other blessings too numerous to count. Life is hard, but God mercifully provides cushioning for the rough spots.

After the labor pains, and, indeed, in the middle of them, He brings joy immeasurable. It is a beautiful world!

You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your Presence!
Psalm 16:11

I invite you to listen to this song and reflect on the joys in your life. Here is the link.

Love Beyond Any Other Love

In the rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Mary Magdalene sings the hauntingly beautiful song, “I Don’t Know How To Love Him.”

She is puzzled by her feelings for Jesus. She has known many men before, as she says, “in very many ways.” She does not understand why Jesus should be any different.

While she repeatedly says, “He’s just a man,” her soul knows He is much more. She realizes she loves Him, but this Love is different.

Should she even trust Him? His Gentleness attracts her. 

His Revolutionary Teachings enthrall her. 

He speaks with Power and Authority. He seems to know Who He is.

He treats her with such respect. He seems to welcome her into the discussion of life. She is not afraid to speak up, even when she feels the disapproving gazes of others. 

She likes herself when she is with Him.

She is baffled that she feels no sexual desire for Him. She almost feels that He is already with her, bonded to her on some level that surpasses any physical union.

His touch is electric. When He touches her, all the cells of her body seem to come to attention and she feels like all the Light of The Universe pours into all the empty spaces. She feels full and satisfied.

When He hugs her and she leans against His Chest, she seems to hear thousands of heartbeats coming from inside. It is like a mighty orchestra, and she feels strangely drawn into the middle.

And when He looks at her, His eyes seem to look into her center. He knows her somehow. He knows her and loves her.

She can’t figure out how He could possibly know her so well. And if He does, how could He still love her? Does He love her? And if He does, what should she do?

Does He have marriage in mind? Could she be married to a man like Him? Leave everything behind and follow Him? Go everywhere with Him?

Mary Magdalene was not alone in her thoughts of loving Jesus. 

Peter, James, John, Thomas, Judas, Jesus’s Mother … they were all considering the feelings of Love they had for Jesus.

He had come into their lives, quietly, but radically changing them. There was something about Him that caused them to want to leave everything behind and follow Him.

There was something about Him that caused them to want to be better and to believe they could be. 

There was something about the way He looked at them that made each of them feel He was their best friend.

They could not deny they loved Him.

But each time any of them processed this peculiar sense of intimacy, it frightened them. 

They compared it to Love, as they always understood it, but it did not fit. Nothing had ever been this way before.

Then the crucifixion happened. Satan came in full force.

Satan held up his cruel mirror to their faces and accused them. He called them deserters, deniers, liars, betrayers. He reminded them of their past. He called them prostitutes, whores, adulterers, murderers.

“You said you loved Jesus? Is this how you love Him?” He roared. “Well, no matter, He does not love you. He despises you.”

Satan showed them Jesus’ mangled body and told them that was what God wanted to do to them for their sins.

He told them they had strayed so far that God had forsaken them in their misery and would never take them back.

Then satan screamed into the darkness, “You thought you loved Him … you thought He loved you? Is this Love?”

And in that moment, Love answered. He broke satan’s mirror.

They saw Jesus as He was. They saw The One they loved revealed as The One — Jesus, God and The Holy Spirit — in all His Power and Majesty loving them.

They saw satan revealed as the liar, the accuser, the torturer. They saw him trying to pay them the wages of sin.

And then they saw The One they loved stepping forward and receiving all the wages of their sin.

They knew. They believed. And all but one devoted the rest of their lives to that Love.

“And we have known and believed The Love that God has for us. God is Love and he who abides in Love abides in God, and God in him.”
1 John 4:16

“As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My Love.”
John 15:9

Your Cross

Simon of Cyrene was said to have been forced to carry Jesus’ cross. I have the feeling he was not forced at all. Simon gives us a beautiful picture of the true meaning of the Easter story.

We are the ones carrying the cross.  Simon represents The One Who carried it for us.  And He was not forced.  He chose to carry it for us.

Many of us would say we would follow Jesus anywhere. 

We can imagine the thrill of riding into Jerusalem to the sounds of the cheering crowds and the feelings of the palms waving around us.

We can imagine the intimate supper with friends. We might be a bit puzzled at some of the things Jesus said, but then again, there had been other times when we didn’t quite understand what He meant.

But would we follow Jesus through all that happened after that memorable supper? Are we willing to be ridiculed and tortured? Are we willing to take up our cross and follow Him? Would He really expect that? Yes.

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be My Disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.”
Matthew 16:24

You might be thinking, “Wait! I didn’t sign on for this! I mean I just wanted a cross pin or a necklace … or maybe a cross to hang on the wall to remember You. But not this!”

But you suddenly realize you are on the road to certain death … an ugly, agonizing death. The weight of your cross is unbearably heavy.

What was designed to be a Tree of Life for you is now covered with your sins … both the ones others have seen and the private ones you worked so hard to cover … now exposed, along with your suffering. How did you get here?

It’s pay day! And you earned every bit of what you now carry. 

But God didn’t do it to you. Satan did. He tempted you, watched with glee as you fell, accused you and then convinced you God would punish you forever for your sins.

“For the wages of sin is death …”
Romans 6:23

Paul later revealed The Truth that is becoming all too clear, as you stumble your way toward Golgotha.

“You also died to the law through the body of Christ …”
Romans 7:4

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live …”
Galatians 2:20

Shouldn’t someone have told you this is how it would all end? 

But wait! Someone is stepping out of the crowd. He is coming toward you.  It is Jesus!

You look up at Him through your pain. You hear Him say, “You’ve carried this long enough and far enough. I’ll carry it the rest of the way, if you’re ready to turn loose of it.”

You use your last bit of strength to release the cross to Him. And when you do, the weight is removed!

You discover in wonder The Truth of Peter’s Words.

“He Himself bore our sins in His Body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His Wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24

As Jesus shoulders not only your sins, but also the sins of the whole world, you discover with Joy the rest of the story.

“The wages of sin is death, but The Gift of God is Eternal Life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in The Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Gelatians 2:20

Without the sins attached, you discover the cross points to The Tree of Life. 

The vertical piece points upward to God. The horizontal piece reaches out in open arms to the world.

“Thanks be to God for His Indescribable Gift!”
2 Corinthians 9:15

I invite you to reflect as you listen to this timeless song by Sandi Patty.  Here is the link.

Question … What Is Truth?

Pilate asked Jesus perhaps the most important question in The Bible.

“What is Truth?”
John 18:38

How would you answer that? What is Truth to you? 

Is there a difference in lying and a “little white lie?” 

Is it a lie if the part you tell is true, but you leave out some things that, if told, would make it “the whole truth?”

Jesus spoke plainly about who is the author of lies.

“He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
John 8:44

Lying is a progressive disease. It starts out with withholding some of the truth, progresses to the “little white lie,” and then moves on into blatant lying.

After awhile, lying becomes a habitual way of dealing with life. The liar uses lying as his “native language.” Often he no longer even recognizes he is lying. He has morphed completely into lying to himself. The devil is pleased, as he has gained another convert.

Jesus was very clear about lying. 

But let’s go back to Pilate’s question. What is Truth? 

Jesus answered that too.

“I AM The Way, The Truth and The Life.”
John 14:6

Jesus also verified His Truth would continue, even after His Physical Body was gone from view.

“But when He, The Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all The Truth.”
John 16:13

When we lie, we are speaking against The One Who is The Truth. When we lie, “the father of lies” is delighted. He will quickly shout, “I agree!”

When lying becomes habitual, satan can easily lie to us. Those who practice lying can no longer tell the difference between Truth and a lie.

Pilate asked Jesus, “What is Truth?” It was the cry of his heart to know.

After being in The Presence of Truth Himself, Pilate said to Jesus’ accusers, “I find no basis for a charge against Him.” 
John 18:38

Pilate spoke the truth. And he continued to speak the truth.

However ultimately he was swayed by the chants of those who believed satan’s lies. He gave the command to crucify Jesus. 

And yet, The Truth remained. Pilate knew Jesus was innocent.

Pilate tried to free himself of his actions against The Truth by washing his hands.

“He took water, and washed his hands in front of the crowd. ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,’ he said.”
Matthew 27:24

But Pilate could never cleanse himself. The Truth would go with him for eternity.

I wonder if Pilate viewed the crucifixion. I wonder if Pilate heard Jesus calling out to God,

“Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:34

I wonder if Pilate knew Jesus’ Offer of Forgiveness was being extended to him. I wonder if he felt Jesus’ Blood dropping on him. I wonder if he knew that the blood he had tried to wash away was, in fact, coming from the very center of The Fountain of Truth.

As we enter this Holy Week, I invite you to allow The Truth to light up the dark places in your life.

Ask The Holy Spirit to reveal any lies you have believed, even about yourself.

Repent of believing lies and telling lies. 

Ask His Forgiveness for any times you have not spoken the truth. Receive His Forgiveness.

Commit yourself to allowing Him to show you His Truth every moment of every day.

“Then you will know The Truth and The Truth shall set you free!”
John 8:32

JOY!

Today my Childhood 101 teacher taught me about heaven.

It had been awhile since we could visit.  But when Gideon came through the door, his face lit up, as did mine.  

We shared hugs and kisses … just like I anticipate doing with those who have gone to Heaven before me.

We jumped for joy, just for the joy of temporarily suspending gravity.

We ran around the house, just for the joy of moving.

He showed me how to play with telephone cords and strings to blinds.

We felt things, like tables and chairs to take in the different textures.

We looked at the flower catalogue and he told me what color each one was.

He pointed out the lights in each room.  He reminded me that anytime things seem a little dark, I should look up and see The Light.

We climbed up and down the steps.  He reminded me that there are different levels in life.  Sometimes you need to get above things and get a different view.

He jumped on the bed and threw the pillow around.  I enjoyed watching, but have not tried that one yet.

He showed me how to play with an empty laundry hamper.  I had no idea how much fun that could be.

And he went room to room, really looking at everything, touching it, telling me what he was seeing and sometimes squealing with delight at new finds.

He played with balls, and demonstrated how to share.  Each time he picked up a new ball, he looked for someone to share it with.

He led Poppy in a whole new exercise routine of rolling balls and getting them in tight spaces where he could supervise Poppy’s agility.

Today he also had a music session, where he demonstrated a whole range of abilities with the piano, that makes my simple playing seem boring.  I have been enjoying trying the new Gideon moves on the keys tonight.

My teacher seems to have come straight from The Heart of God.  His love of life … his joy … is like a preview of Heaven.

Perhaps one day, after a glad reunion with some of my favorite people, we will go room to room, exploring all the rooms in God’s House He has prepared for us.

We’ll play ball, jump up and down on the clouds and make music on instruments we have not known on earth.

Thank you, Gideon, for giving me a preview and for continuing to teach me about how to enjoy Life!  You are the best! (Yeah, Grandma gushes a lot …)

You make known to me the path of life; in Your Presence there is fullness of Joy!

Psalm 16:11

Guilty … and … Forgiven

Adam and Eve knew they were guilty. They tried to hide from God.

The woman taken in adultery knew she was guilty. She lay powerless at the feet of Jesus, Who she knew would find her guilty as charged.

Peter knew he was guilty. He didn’t need a crowing rooster to tell him. He felt it in the pit of his stomach the first time he denied Jesus. If Jesus spoke as Peter did, He would have said, “I don’t know him.”

Judas knew he was guilty. He tried to atone for his sins by trying to reverse what he had put into play. He did not ask for Jesus’ Forgiveness and he could not forgive himself.

The thief on the cross next to Jesus knew he was guilty. Those who had called for his crucifixion knew it too. But in a moment, he knew he was not on just a cross. He was at The Throne of Grace. He asked for Jesus’ Mercy.

Do you feel the weight of guilt for things you have done in your life? You know you are guilty.

Sometimes you feel guilty because no one knows and you have managed to go on and have a good life. No one accuses you but yourself. You know.

There may be others who accused you. Their words from the past still sting. The words of today only add to the charge, “ You are guilty!”

But who is it really who accuses you and condemns you? Who tempts you to run from God instead of running to God to ask forgiveness for your mistakes? Satan.

When you fall, he rises and tries to keep you down by condemning you with shame and fear of punishment. His primary mission is to keep you from surrendering to God and get you to surrender to him.

Jesus was sent into the world with a Mission. His Mission was the opposite of satan’s.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
John 3:17

Jesus had All Power and Authority to judge.

“All Authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.’”
Matthew 28:18

But He chose to use that Power and Authority to forgive, not to condemn.

Jesus can forgive any and all sins by The Power of His Grace and Mercy. But we must be willing to come close and experience His Love and Mercy up close and personal.

And we must fulfill one other condition. We must forgive.

It may be what we consider major offenses we need to forgive. It may be temporary offenses that anger us, like the person who took the parking place we wanted.

But to God, it is the same. He has extended His Grace and Forgiveness to us for all sins. He expects no less from us.

May this week begin a new beginning of extending Grace to everyone you meet. When you feel the urge to say, “But they were wrong,” say, “In The Name of Jesus, I forgive you.”

“Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire Mercy.’”
Matthew 9:13

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy!”
Matthew 5:7

Peter — A Rock In The Making

The story of Peter intrigues me.  Peter was a loose cannon.  He was more a collection of loose sharp rocks than a solid Rock.

Jesus, Who knew all, undoubtedly saw the future, including Peter’s temper tantrums and denial.

And yet Jesus chose him … fetched him our of a fishing boat … and trained him personally for the work to which God was calling him.

As much as Jesus saw Peter’s youthful arrogance, there was a moment when Peter understood he was powerless in The Presence of The One Who was All Power.

Perhaps Peter was caught off guard by Jesus’ question.  They were all just talking about who everybody thought Jesus was.

Jesus had said, “But what about you?” Who do you say I am?”

Matthew 16:15

In that moment, Peter knew The Answer.  I can imagine the words just gushing forth from his mouth, perhaps even surprising him.

“You are The Messiah, The Son of The Living God!”

Matthew 16:19

And with that, Jesus told Peter who he was … why He had chosen him … who he would become when he was perfected in God’s Time.

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven. 

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it.”

Matthew 16:17-18

Peter followed Jesus.  His passion never wavered … but his passion was often not focused in the right direction.

He thought he could walk on water.  He couldn’t alone, but he could with Jesus.

He tried to dispute God’s Plan for Jesus.  He couldn’t.  Jesus identified satan tempting him.

He thought he could stop God’s Plan by force.  He cut off a soldier’s ear in what he thought was a defense of Jesus.  Jesus rebuked him and told him to put his sword away.

And then … Jesus was about to be killed.  And Peter was powerless to stop God’s Plan … nor did he understand it.  He was confused and afraid.  And he did the unthinkable.  He denied he even knew Jesus.

Jesus had told him he would.  He was sure he wouldn’t.  He knew himself … or did he.

A rooster’s crow threatened to condemn him.  The anguish of sin engulfed him.   An empty tomb stunned him.  Peter did not know what to do.  He felt more empty than the tomb.

And then there was Jesus standing before him, His Arms open wide.  It is not recorded what they said to each other, but I think Jesus would have said to Peter what He said about those crucifying Him.

“Father, forgive him.  He did not know what he was doing.”

Peter finally understood what Grace felt like.  And he knew what he was called to do.  He was to teach his world the Joy of being forgiven.

His God given passion turned into passion for God … and upon that rock, God built His Church.

What has God called you to do?  Are you doing it?

When you know Who He is, you will know who you are and why you are here!

I invite you to reflect on the wonder of Grace as you listen to this song. 

Where You Are Supposed To Be

These are times that try our very souls. Those of us who love planning, organizing, covering all possible scenarios in advance and avoiding pitfalls never saw this coming.

Earthquakes, floods, fires, nuclear explosions … yes, we fretted about them all. Which country would try to do the other in first … yes, we thought about that too.
But a bug that would cripple the whole world, bring death and terror in a whole new way?

Something that would drive us away from our worldly pleasures and send us inside for an unknown period of time?

Something that would even close the doors of our churches?
Something that would separate us from our loved ones, not in death, but in life? No, we did not see that coming.

But perhaps what we also did not understand is that we were created for such a time as this. Does God cause disease and suffering? No.

Does He allow it? Yes. Read Job and you will discover satan brought the misery. But you will also see God allowed it.

Suffering comes not to torture, but to test. Suffering comes not so God can see what we are made of. He already knows!

Suffering comes to refine us and let us know what we are made of and Who made us.

When all the things that have covered over who we truly are are stripped away, we see who we were made to be.

God had a Plan for us before we were born.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.”
Jeremiah 1:5

He knew exactly what talents He put inside us.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10

He knew exactly when He would send us to earth. He knows exactly how long our assignment will last.
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your Book before one of them came to be.”
Psalm 139:16

Why are we here now? Because God ordained that we be here at this unprecedented time in history. Every experience we have had in life has trained us for what we will do now.

God has called us. He is calling us now to grow up fully into who He created us to be.

But now, thus says The Lord, Who created you, and He Who formed you,
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.”
Isaiah 43:1

We have work to do.

May we be able to say with Jesus,
“I have brought You glory on earth by finishing the work You gave Me to do.”
John 17:4

I invite you to listen to this powerful song and ask God what He wants you to do now in such a time as this.
https://youtu.be/YmYOQ8h4wsM

The Great Bathtub Adventure

We always enjoyed the hot tub experience at hotels years ago … until …

We were in a hot tub with a lady, who said, “This whirlpool is really good for this foot ulcer I’ve got.”  She then pushed her foot up out of the water.

It looked like gangrene to both of us nurses.  While we had great sympathy for her and were glad she had found something to help, all we could think about was getting out of that water and going to a hot shower!

We rarely got in a hot tub after that.  We considered getting a hot tub at home.  We tried out so many hot tubs at the store, they stopped asking if they could help us.  They just waved and accepted that the strange couple had some sort of compulsion to sit in different hot tubs.

However, as freezing weather hit, we began to rethink our plan.  The thought of a nice warm soak was still appealing, but the thought of getting out into a cold world was not.

And then we had an epiphany.  Why not have a hot tub of sorts inside!  We had already been considering a master bath remodel.   

We began to visit the shops and sit in whirlpool tubs.  And if anyone from the hot tub store had seen us, I am sure they would have testified at our commitment hearing!😱

Eventually we struck pay dirt.  We found a large whirlpool tub with settings so complex it took us months to figure out how to fully use it.  It also had different color lights that reflected across the bubbling water.

It was big enough we could both get in at the same time.  We had visions of a little spicy romance.  The only problem was it took so long to fill the tub up that we were out of the mood before it filled!

After we got it filled, another more pressing problem became evident.  We could have sworn we were at the airport.  It was so loud we had to yell at each other to be heard.  We called the installer, who gushed about the strong motor and the tub’s ability to pull toxins out of the body.

Well … I guess if you really wanted to be in a water powered vacuum cleaner, that would have some merit.

The massage settings were a problem too.  The lowest setting was like someone tickling you in a creepy way.  The highest setting was like being attacked by a sumo wrestler.

The lights were nice once we figured out how to stabilize them.  Initially they kept shifting through the wide variety of colors and light patterns so it was like being trapped in a disco.

Getting in and out was a challenge too.  We tried different approaches, but lived in fear of breaking a hip.  Also, since there was a large mirror across from the tub, it was not a pretty sight to see an old woman clawing her way out of a tub.

But the biggest problem was the “pond sludge.”  Remember that “toxins pulled out of the body” promo.  Well, it did indeed do that.  

We felt like our insides had been sucked out.  We were almost too weak to get out of the tub.

The supposed toxins floated on the top of the water.  (We were convinced the sludge was our skin cells, since we emerged from the bath looking like lobsters.)

When we got out of the tub, we were covered in a fine powder, necessitating an immediate trip to the shower.

And so, we finally admitted defeat.  We stopped even trying to use the tub.  When the occasional guest taking a house tour would comment on what a wonderful tub it was, we would look at each other and smile.

We did not tell them we were considering putting dirt in it and turning it into an indoor flower garden.

And so as the Jones remodeling adventure continues, we are finally getting rid of the tub.  We are getting what Jay calls a “car wash shower.”  We have had a lot of fun designing it.  

As we were planning it, the very young designer suggested we be sure to include adequate hand rails and a bench.  I am sure she was thinking of the days ahead when we might get old.

But for now, Jay and I are looking forward to dancing in the shower.  Stay tuned for the next episode of the Jones remodeling adventure!

You Are Forgiven!

Jesus began His time on the cross by speaking the very heart of Grace.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Did the soldiers not know they were driving nails into Jesus and the two men on either side of Him? Yes, they knew.

Didn’t they premeditate what tools to bring along and the most efficient way to get the job done? Yes, they did.

Did they know that what they were doing was wrong in the sight of God? No.

As Jesus looked on the soldiers and the world, past, present and future, He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Think about your life.

Are there things you have done that you honestly did not know at the time were wrong? Or perhaps you knew they weren’t exactly right, but you justified them in some way?

Are there things now that you may be doing that you do not yet know are wrong? Do you have the courage to ask God to reveal to you what He sees in you?

Can you say with David, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24

When God shows you what He sees, be prepared. Satan will immediately tell you that you are so sinful God will be completely repulsed.

He will tell you not only will God look away, but He will also get out His nail gun. He will tell you you have fallen from grace and there is no return. Satan will tell you, “Welcome to Hell.”

But remember how Jesus described satan.

“He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
John 8:44

Why did Jesus come?

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
John 3:17

Jesus did not come to condemn.

Jesus said to the woman taken in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.”
John 8:11

There is nothing you have ever done that God will not forgive, if you are ready to repent and receive His Gift of Grace.

He is looking at you in Love right now, Arms outstretched, ready to hold you next to His Heart. He sees you. He loves you. You are forgiven. Welcome Home.

I invite you to reflect on the wonder of forgiveness as you hear the story in song of Peter. Peter fell. But he also learned The Joy of being forgiven.

Here is the link.