I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, and you comforted me. Isaiah 12:1
Jesus said, "I have come to call not the righteous but sinners." Matthew 9:13
A while ago I read about two World War II vets, one Japanese, one American, who had fought against each other during the war. Forty or more years later they had the opportunity to meet each other in person. They had only respect, understanding, and many memories to share. There was none of the anger and hate that they had for one another while they were in battle. Time and life had taught each of them the value of forgiveness and that what they had in common was far greater than any animosities they may have harbored. Each was thankful for their time of healing and sharing together.
Today's verses brought this story to mind, because God grants each of us a secure place among his people no matter what. God does not need time and events of life to forgive us and welcome us with open arms. We always have a place within his fold, because God's forgiveness knows no limits. We are unworthy, and God knows that. Nonetheless, his mercy endures forever, and his anger is banished when we are children of his flock. What a blessing it is that we are recipients of his grace.
Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Thank you for granting each of us a secure place among your people, even though we do and say things to make us unworthy of such a gift. Help us to always remember the need for your mercy. Help others to find the same comfort only faith in your abiding grace can give. Amen.
Florence Smallfield