“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
“He said ‘I love you too much to give up on you, so don’t you give up on each other.'”
Just as she finishes Betty finishes her explanation to her granddaughter Sarah, Eric comes out from the kitchen.
“The biscuits are done; they’ll need to cool for a while though.”
“That’s good dear. Where was I? Oh yes, God taught us to not give up on one another, regardless of the circumstances. Because of his love for us, and our love for one another.”
Sarah nods, then goes back to the picture album for a few moments before finding a section of baby photos. She then points to one of them, and squints at the picture.
“Grandma, who is this?
Her grandmother, Betty, peers at the picture, and smiles.
“Why, that’s your uncle Barry. He was our third born. A beautiful little boy, with blond hair and blue eyes.”
“I don’t remember ever meeting uncle Barry. Granddad, why haven’t I met him before?”
The older man frowns slightly, his hands beginning to shake a little.
“Well, you see… Barry is our son, and we love him very much. But you know how men and women love each other, and get married, and have children?”
Sarah nods slightly, unsure of where this is going.
“Barry doesn’t like women, not like that. He likes men.”
“Honestly Sarah, we don’t know. We don’t know the why, or the how. But we do know that we love him, and that God loves him, and that God has a plan for his life. It’s not been easy, but just like God loves us too much to give up on us, we love him too much to give up on him. He’s chosen to stay away from us, but we still call him, and we send him emails when we can.”
“Does he love God?” Sarah asks, obviously concerned for her uncle.
Betty pats her leg, “We don’t know dear, but we know that God loves him, that God is good, that he is gracious and merciful, and that no-one is ever so far away that God cannot call them to him.”
(To be continued…)
We thank you for the different people you bring into our lives.
We repent of the times when we have not loved those who are different to us, whether that difference is racial, cultural, political, sexual orientation, gender, or otherwise.
Father, forgive us.
May the Holy Spirit help each of us to genuinely love and reach out to those we don’t know well or don’t understand so that we may grow in relationship with each other and with God
In Jesus’ name,