February 21

But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. Psalm 19:12

Anyone who comes to me I will never drive away. John 6:37

What comfort and reason to rejoice are found in today’s verses! Each day each of us does something(s) that show our humanness and sinfulness. We cannot even detect some of the things that happen in our days to prove that we have faults and commit errors. Sometimes we realize after the fact that something we did took on a completely different meaning when seen through another’s eyes. 

My parents lived through the Great Depression. My mother, in particular, always talked about not wasting money, food, clothes, etc. One of my two younger brothers was named Gordon. He and I were two years apart in age. At the time, I was about seven, and he was five. Gordon was going to the barber for a haircut next time we went to town. (Later she bought a barber kit from the catalog.) Mother, as usual, had told us how much it was going to cost. Earlier in the day, I told Gordon that if he let me cut his hair it would save us a lot of money. He agreed, and I cut away. Well, it wasn’t a “hidden fault,” my error was obvious! I was reminded of this incident as I read today’s verses, because after some earnest talking from Mother, she forgave me, and Gordon’s hair did regrow.

Of course, many of our errors do not appear humorous to anyone, or to God. There are times when people have to be punished of even incarcerated for what they have done. However, God’s saving words, no matter the offense, apply to everyone. We are all God’s children and are precious in his sight.

Dear Lord and Savior,

Thank you for making us precious in your sight and recipients of your grace. Thank you for your wonderful gift of forgiveness. You know everything about us, and yet you welcome us into your loving arms. Remove our faults, and help us to see our own errors without becoming distracted by them. Keep us close and help us not to obsess in detecting the errors of others. In your name, Amen.

Florence Smallfield