She ran out to meet him as she did every afternoon. He greeted her with, “Hi sweetie!” as she reached to carry in his thermos. This had been their daily ritual for many years now and it made her feel like a princess. Although she had four older brothers, he was her hero. She was the little girl he had always said he wouldn’t stop trying to have.
He was a quiet man but strong and mighty in her eyes. He rarely raised his voice at her and the few times that he did she knew she had pushed the envelope just a bit too far.
On her thirteenth birthday she ran out to meet as usual but this time was different. In her newfound teenage mind she thought it best that he no longer called her sweetie. She said to him, as she reached for his thermos, “You don’t need to call me sweetie anymore, I’m thirteen now.”
In the proverbial blink of an eye things began to change. He started to withdraw not knowing what to do with the young woman that ‘just yesterday was his little girl’ and she thought her hero had simply stopped caring.
Many years later after he had passed and upon reflection she realized how hurt he must have been by her triumphant declaration when she was thirteen. And he didn’t have the words to tell her she would always be his sweetie.
She realizes now that she felt unworthy of his love which led her to feel unworthy of the love of God.
We all fall short of the glory of God but we aren’t unworthy to hear the gospel message of His love.
Precious Friend, it doesn’t matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been Jesus wants you to hear His message of His saving grace. You are worthy of eternal life and the forgiveness of all your sins by simply believing in Jesus as Messiah, Emmanuel, the King of kings, Lord and Savior.
And her hero, well before he passed he became the best nanu to her three children.