Message From Pastor
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
II Corinthians 5:2
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
What a blessing forgiveness is . . . not only when God forgives us, but also when we, by God’s grace, forgive one another!
“I wish I could take it all away,” Mom whispered to her suffering five-year-old son. He had the flu for a couple of days now, and Mom’s heart was broken. As he lay in his bed suffering from the chills and a fever, there wasn’t much Mom could do except give him some children’s flu medicine and just be there for him. Mom felt helpless and wished she could take it all away from him. She even wished she could have the flu instead of her son.
When children are sick, the love of Mom and Dad really starts to shine through. In a heartbeat, parents go to extra lengths to make sure their kids are feeling as comfortable as possible. If you’re a parent, you’ve been there. You make sure their pillow is extra fluffy. You bring their favorite juice box. You provide their favorite movie to watch. And any time you hear them call, you quickly respond with, “What can I do for you?” The love of Mom and Dad goes so far that if they could take the sickness away, even become sick instead of their child, they would. But they can’t, and it hurts.
Has there ever been a time when you wished you could take it all away? Not just a sickness of a child, but something you did that you really regret? Maybe it was something you did to end a close relationship with a friend. Maybe you said something to a family member that you wish you could take back. Maybe it was something that only you know about, but it haunts you each day.
It’s at moments like those that God’s love really starts to shine through. He knows your sin, your guilt, your regrets. But he doesn’t just wish he could take them away. He did take them away. He forgave them all! He took
your sin and guilt away when he put them on his only Son. He loves you so much that he had his only Son, Jesus, die for your sin so that you wouldn’t have to. God forgave your guilt and now considers you right with him because of what
Jesus did for you.
Wish your guilt and regrets could be taken away? They were. In their place he gives you forgiveness and eternal life! In turn, we can forgive one another. As we do, God’s love shines through . . . us! What a blessing!
What a blessing YOU have also been during my time of injury, surgery, and recovery! Thank you for your patience, your help, your many cards and gifts and words and prayers of concern and support! God is blessing me with healing and you are blessing me with love!
Praising God for His forgiveness and healing and care, and for YOU!!!