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He Loves Me How Much?

My husband and I recently made a fairly large purchase. No, it wasn’t a new car or a new house.

And for most people, the amount of money we spent wouldn’t be considered that large of a purchase. But, because of where we have been financially the past few years we carefully consider any purchases of items that are considered “wants.”

This item wasn’t even for us. It was for our son.

We purchased a used iPod Touch. It was about a hundred bucks. Could we have spent the money on something else, something wiser? Perhaps.

But you should have seen his face. You should have seen the joy.

He had been asking for one for quite some time. Our answer had always been a resounding NO.

Then, one day at church I walked out of the sanctuary to see four boys sitting across the couch in our entryway playing with their electronic devices and my son was standing there, watching. I now understood his desire. It broke my heart.

I am a parent. I love giving my children good gifts. It makes me smile when I see how much they enjoy the gifts we give them.

He hasn’t stopped smiling and his "vocals only" rendition of Beat It (he has ear buds in) is filling the house. I’m glad he can sing well!

Watching my son enjoy his gift, I can’t help but be reminded of God’s great love for us as well as His desire to bless His children.

Picture this with me. I love my children. I would, in a heartbeat, in a blink of an eye, give my life for either one of them. I consider that great love. How much more is God capable of loving us? He is perfect. He defines love. He not only gave His life for His children, but also for every man and woman ever to be born. He gave His life for the murderer, the thief, the liar, the adulterer, and the fornicator. He even gave His live for the despicable sinners; you know which ones I’m talking about. Like the child abusers and pedophiles. Those of us who are loving parents would throw those who hurt our children in the pit and throw away the key.

Yet God watched as His son was abused and sacrificed…and he still loved.

If He loves us that much, I can’t help but think of the good gifts He wishes to give us.

I’m looking forward to the blessings He has promised us. In fact, I’m much like our son in that I can’t stop smiling in sweet anticipation!

Matthew 7:9-11 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

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Aileen Stewart said...

What a beautiful post Darlene. I'm so glad you were able to experience the joy of watching your son's joy :0) To imagine that God loves us in the same way and even more often brings me to tears!

Darlene Shortridge said...

Thank you Aileen! I agree, what a great love He has for us!