a txt msg of sacrificial love

Of my four daughters … all adults, in my eyes my 29-year-old daughter seems like the one farthest from God at the moment.  She has been in a pretty constant state of rebellion against anything that even hints of authority for 14 0r 15 years.

But early one morning recently I received the following text message on my phone from her …

“I wish I could take your cancer from you.  I love you daddy”

Thank you sweetheart … you made your daddy cry …

Perhaps she is closer to Christ Jesus than I think.

Perhaps she is closer to Christ than I am …

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  1 John 4:10 (NASB)

For the curious, propitiation in that verse basically means that a sinless Jesus took our sin-filled place on the cross and paid the price of our sin for us … for you and for me … a price we could not pay.

God basically said …

“My Son takes your sin away from you.  I love you.  Abba Father” (note John 3:16, John 1:29)

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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