February 22

No inhabitant will say, “I am sick”; the people who live there will be forgiven their iniquity. Isaiah 33:24

Through our Lord Jesus Christ…we have access to this grace in which we stand, Romans 5:1-2

Through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we are forgiven for all of our sins. In Julie Saffrin’s book, Kissing the Shore, Julie quotes Luis Palaus’ book, Experiencing God’s Forgiveness. He tells of an incident involving Clara Barton.

     “Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was reminded one day of a vicious deed someone had done to her years before. ‘Don’t you remember it?’ her friend asked. ‘No,’ came Barron’s reply. ‘I distinctly remember forgetting it.’ ” 

This must be the way of God when he in his infinite wisdom teaches us that all of our sins are forgiven and that we have access to his grace. Life can be difficult. Happenings can discourage us and make us wonder where God is in all that is happening. Even during most difficult times, there is the promise of God’s goodness to us lifting us up and helping us to hope. 

Elizabeth Laing Thompson in her book, When God Says Go, says it well. “Even when we can’t understand God’s ways, we can trust–the surety of his unfailing love–brings us peace, rest, contentment.” 

Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Thank you for your forgiveness which provides perspective on the seasons of life. Sometimes we expect perfection. Forgive us when we do. Let peace be the guide that leads us to making the best decisions. In your most glorious name, Amen. 

Florence Smallfield