Today would have been my father-in-law’s birthday. He was a lovely man, and I was very fond of him. I knew him for only a short time and he was closer in age to my grandparents than my parents. He retired very soon after we married and died shortly after. I was already a Christian, and so too was he. We were very close, even in such a short time, and his death rocked me. It wasn’t the fact that he died that was so difficult to bear, it was the way in which he was looked after in his final hours- and how he finally died. I don’t need to go into details of this, but suffice it to say that it really rocked my faith. To make matters worse I visited my local vicar, being sure that he would be able to restore my faith only to be told that he was sorry, but didn’t have the answer. At this point there was nowhere else to go! How can you solve a problem like that? I wrestled with it for a long time, until I realised that there really was nowhere to go except to the one with whom I had the problem. No man could answer, only God.
Today I want to say thank you for forgiveness. You see, I was only looking at the picture from one side. I didn’t see all the other things that were going on at the same time, and in retrospect there was shock, fear and uncertainty involved as far as the carers were concerned. When I was finally able to forgive I could see all the sides to the story, and I was also able to face my own need for forgiveness in the situation. This may sound very complicated, but it isn’t necessary to go into any more details. The truth is – God knows – and that is all that matters.
John 14:16 ‘…. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—’
Acts 2:38 Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit