(Story courtesy of Amy Pecchia, Jersey Shore, PA)"Daniel," Kneeling in front of her young son, Amy pulled him onto her knee. "Honey, it's very important that Mom and Dad that you learn to listen and do what we say."
"Yes, Mommy." Squirming, the preschool boy attempted to inch his way off her knee.
"Daniel, we're going to try something new."
Alert wide eyes immediately focused on Amy's face.
"From now on, when you misbehave, you're going to lose one of the toys in your room for a few days."
"Who picks the toy, Mommy? Do I pick it?"
"No Daniel, Mommy will choose the toy. You'll get it back in a few days."
Slipping off of Amy's lap, Daniel tugged her hand as he walked to his room.
"Not that, Mommy," he pleaded, voice quivering with tears. He pointed to the Jesus cross on his wall. "You won't take Jesus from me, will you?"
Gathering him up in her arms, Amy smiled. "No baby. No one can ever take Jesus from you."
"...absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us." (Romans 8:39 MSG)
I heard a sermon today reminding us to keep it simple. So here it is:
God loves you. God loves you so much that He sacrificed His son so that you would be free.
Are you free? If you're not, please contact me - let's talk about it. Nothing, no one, can ever take Jesus from you. But first, you have to choose Him.
Thank you for loving me. Show me how to love you, how to love those around me. Teach me the meaning of love, Your love.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well."
(1 Corinthians 10:24b MSG)