Song Writer & Worship Leader

I spent some time over coffee this morning, pondering friends and memories. Have you ever been on the receiving end of UN-forgiveness? I have once, maybe twice. It burns in your heart. Erodes your confidence. Makes you cringe from relationships.

Perfect person? I am not. My foot likes to thrust itself into my mouth with gusto! My heart is incessantly me-focused when I should instead put my friends first. It is something I’m continually working on fixing because I love my friends and want to keep them.

And when my friends forgive what’s not fixed in me, I am thankful.

I had two talks – the first was in the car parked outside the mall.  We two friends shared how the other had hurt us, and through the awkward situation we chose to forgive… because we cherished our friendship. It was hard for the moment, but through it that wonderful friendship has lasted, growingly, to this day.

The second was at a favorite sandwich shop. We two friends shared how the other had hurt us. The difference was that one friend chose not to forgive, ending the friendship and keeping their heart neatly bandaid covered. The other friend (me) left devastated.

I was on the receiving end of un-forgiveness, and it still hurts to this day.

To forgive is to relinquish one’s rights, allow the pain and with open arms accept the offender. As Jesus did. To forgive is to render your own heart vulnerable, unprotected. As Jesus was. To forgive is to love deeply and to rescue your friends. As Jesus does!

The more I look back over these memories, the clearer I realize God’s great promise: that HIS friends will never be on the receiving end of un-forgiveness from HIM. Oh how thankful I am to be His friend!  Let’s you and I be friend rescuers, just like Him.

Oh and P.S., I haven’t given up on my second-mentioned friend.  Still praying for the day we can wholeheartedly rescue our friendship.  Amen!

I love reading my Year-Through-The-Bible. There’s something for each day, and somebody ‘else’ schedules the something. This means that if something spoke to me today as I read, I can have confidence that I didn’t manipulate my reading to fit into my plans.  It’s usually GOD speaking. In today’s read, in Mark 5, Jesus was just cruising along doing his thing, and comes across a girl who died and needs to come back to life.  He goes to her house, goes inside, grabs her hand and says, “ARISE!”  Boom, just like that, she’s healed. Yes!!!!  That’s my Jesus.  I love picturing that scene in my head, and I love that I can reach my hand up to Jesus and he will pull me up to standing.  Boom, just like that, I can have His supernatural help.  And that is awesomeness for today.  

This morning I was noticing how much my little girl has begun to reach for things.  It seems like overnight she became a little grabber!  Anything within her reach ends up in her lap and FAST.  I began to ponder why she’s so grabby.  One conclusion I reached is that she doesn’t know yet that things can hurt her.   She reaches out in excitement to capture every interesting thing she puts her eyes on. Another is, simply, she trusts me wholeheartedly.

Oh that we would trust God wholeheartedly, just like babies!  That we would reach out and grab the things that He puts before us.  What a great analogy!  My toddler daughter has inspired me today, to be a “little grabber” for God.  A-men!