The man stepped into the department store and took a quick look around. He was there for one thing, and he wanted to make it snappy.
He never really cared for Valentine’s Day, seeing it as a mandate from society telling him how to love.
How could the rules of a holiday determine how and when he expressed his love for her?
He wanted to do that in his own timing. His own way.
But here he was, joining ranks with all the other husbands who succumbed to the demands of the day. Looking around, he noticed signs pointing him to displays of chocolates and jewelry telling him just how to celebrate and just how much to spend.
Rattling the change he had in his pocket, he found himself hoping his wife hadn’t seen the signs. Money was scarce.
He approached the “for her” card section, and noticed he wasn’t alone...
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A knock came on my door late one night as I prepared for bed.
“Mom,” a little voice sounded on the other side. “Why doesn’t God love me?”
I hesitated a bit before responding.
This child had been schooled in the reality of God’s love since birth – and even before that.
What in the world was going on in her head? And I asked her why she was feeling this way.
“Well,” came her trembling response. “You told me that God gives sleep to those he loves and I’m still awake. So --- he must not love me.”
I have to admit, I was a little thrown off by her logic. I was glad that she remembered the scripture on sleep that I’ve been drilling into her head, but I was a little confused at her deduction.
Did God’s love for her change just like that?
Was he so fickle, so quick to change his mind ...
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