The Best We Can

…everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 1 John 5:1-12  I remember the time I felt courageous enough to share with my mother how I felt as I was growing up and her part in making me feel the way I did. I had recently graduated from college and working at my father’s business. I’m not exactly sure why it seemed the right time but I just needed her to know. It wasn’t pretty. She was gracious enough to listen to everything I said without interruption. After a moment of silence, she simply stated, “I did the best that I could.” If I had thought that I wasn’t her favorite daughter before, I certainly didn’t win any browny points that day. Although I had no way of knowing how much of life was ahead of me because of her, I immediately realized my mother’s perfect love up to and including that moment; how much life I had actually lived because of her. Coming from very humble beginnings herself, she had a college graduate as proof. She had done the best she could. It took me a while to forgive myself for being so cruel that day. In spite of my “audacity of the self”, she never held it over me. So much more is God’s perfect love deep enough  to forgive things we think are unforgivable and not hold our selfish feelings against us. Each of us in our journey towards love through Christ must do the best we can.

Faithfulness And Steadfast Love

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of your possession? Micah 7:18-20

I always knew when my mother was disappointed in something I had done. She completely ignored me. In time communication was restored and always at the right time. I don’t ever remember feeling like she stopped loving me, but today, as a parent myself, I better understand her pain and her frustration. Of the times when I feel God is silent I remember this about my mother. So too the prophet reminds us of this – God’s steadfast love, faithfulness and restoration.

He does not retain his anger for ever,                                                                                                        because he delights in showing clemency. 

He will again have compassion upon us;                                                                                                  he will tread our iniquities under foot.

You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. 

You will show faithfulness to Jacob and unswerving loyalty to Abraham,                                       as you have sworn to our ancestors from the days of old.