On my way to Idaho, I read a book recommended to me by my college roommate. While reading the first few pages I thought "I don't like this book" because I became convicted of its message. Healing Stones by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn tells the story of a woman caught in adultery and her journey to find forgiveness and healing. Some of the characters were ready to throw stones and others brought grace and healing. I questioned which one would I be. Do I extend grace to those who are hurting even if the hurt is due to their own bad decisions? Do I pick up a stone or point them towards a Savior who offers forgiveness? Do I remember that it is only by God's grace that I am not in the same situation? Do I love even when life gets messy? Truthfully I don't know the answer to all those questions. I am trying to show more grace towards my family and friendsm especially my kids. I am by no means perfect but I am a child of a Father who is not finished with me yet.
Dear God of Mercy, I praise you. Thank you for your grace and healing. Thank you that you never give up on us. Give us the wisdom and strength to love even when life gets messy. May we see your redemption of many people during our time. Amen