1 John 3:1 – How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (NIV)

I don't know why she wanted to print her name so many times. Perhaps it was because of the pride that she had in her in accomplishment, but, when our daughter was five, she printed her name on everything within reach. Printing it on paper, her colouring book, or the blackboard was acceptable, but she wrote it on walls, desks, and furniture. Several times I had to remind her not to write on the furniture.

One night, after she had had a rather long "time out" because of yet another artistic placing of her name, I went in to her room to give her a hug and tuck her in for the night. However, when I peeked in the door, I noticed that she had already fallen asleep. Her blond hair spread over the pillow, and her innocent-looking face captured her mother's heart, even though she had printed another edition of her name in big block letters on the pillowslip.

The next morning, we had one more talk about the appropriate places to write her name, and, I'm happy to say, it worked. But there was one more episode of her using her new-found skill. I discovered it when I went to dust her father's desk. Here, she had used the end of her pencil to draw a heart, and, inside, she had written the word "love" with her eraser.

Sometimes when we are learning how to follow Christ, we make the same mistakes over and over again. But when we go to Him, our God forgives us, and He writes the word "love" on our heart, as He "erases" our mistakes.

Prayer: God, we are humbled when we think on how patient You are with us when we are learning to follow You. Thank You for the imprint of Your love on our heart. Amen.

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Elaine Ingalls Hogg <authorhogg@yahoo.ca>
Smiths Creek, New Brunswick, Canada

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