Friday, April 5, 2002

With spring slowly approaching, I decided to tackle the big job of sorting all the clothing that I own into a "storage for next winter" pile, a "give-away" pile and an "undecided" pile. I find it simply amazing how much clothing accumulates during a year!

As I was going through the "give-away" pile, I thought about how easy it is to give away what we don't use: "seconds" that are no longer required or needed, "cast-offs" that are no longer in perfect condition. The "undecided" pile is much harder to give away. These are favourite pieces of clothing that have somehow shrunk over time. When we look at them, we hope that, one day, these favourite pieces of clothing will come back to the normal size that they once were. Or, there is that favourite sweater that your grandmother knitted for you, years and years ago, which would fit your granddaughter! And I realized how much harder it is for us to give away something that is still in perfect shape.

And, I wonder, what if God had been undecided? But, God gave His very best, His Son, to die on a cross for us, an undeserving and sinful people.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life. (NRSV)

Prayer: Thank you Father, for loving us so much that You gave your very best, Your Son, as a sacrifice for our sins, so that we may inherit eternal life. Amen.

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