Thinking and praying for you all today. I was reading Psalms 23 and what I typed below was in the side of my Max Lucado Bible under Life Lessons. It made me think of my conversation today with a mother of a homeless son. I remember being there, and driving the streets day and night searching. I know that you have been there too, and some of you are still in the middle of that search! A Mother’s heart (and Father, but I identify more with Mothers) is always searching and aching and breaking for their prodigal. A Mother never quits loving.
The last sentence reminded me of Pastor Daniel’s sermon last week on forgiveness. (to think on God is to immerse oneself in thoughts of forgiveness rather than failure. ) I never thought of it that way, but we need to forgive them, and don’t allow yourself to feel you failed. (Forgive yourself because it did not turn out the way you wanted it to. ) All we can do is keep loving them and keep praying and it gives me peace to know that God never gives up on one of His children (our prodigal or maybe us???)
Read Psalm 23
Although we may face stressful situations, God leads us safely through as a shepherd would do for his sheep.
Motioning for the nurse to come near, the old woman said sorrowfully, “I have traveled all the way from California by myself, stopping at every city of importance between San Francisco and Boston. In each city I visit just two places: the police station and the hospital. You see, my boy ran away from home and I have no idea where he is. I’ve got to find him…”
The mother’s eyes seemed to flash a ray of hope as she added, “someday he may even come into this very hospital, and if he does, please promise me you’ll tell him his two best friends never gave up on him”…
Bending over the dying mother, the nurse whispered softly, “Tell me the names of those two friends so I call tell your son if I ever see him”
With trembling lips and her eyes filled with tears the mother responded, “Tell him those two friends were God and his mother, “ and she closed her eyes and died.
God, even more that a forgiving mother, never gives up on one of His children. His forgiveness is uniquely infinite… And since God is the quintessence of forgiveness, to think on God is to immerse oneself in thoughts of forgiveness rather than failure.
From Living and Praying in Jesus’ Name by Dick Eastman and Jack Hayford
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