Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas - Ongoing Lessons from a Dog About God

Merry Christmas!
Ragnar, the Granddog was back to his normal self after I stopped the long runs with him that had been ill-advised, according to my husky expert.

Instead, his full puppy crazy came back. When I sat beside him on the couch to cuddle, he wanted to play. Despite being an energetic puppy who is so large with such strong teeth that he could easily kill me, when he plays, he mouths me, and closes his teeth around my arm just enough that he doesn't hurt me. It is truly astonishing, the restraint of his full strength because he loves me.

What a perfect illustration of God! Almighty God, creator of the universe, could certainly destroy us with His little pinky. No power is mightier than God, yet He withholds His power purposely; He restrains the strength that could so easily crush us. In fact, He goes a step further. He takes on human form in the most vulnerable, weakened state possible as a newborn child in camaraderie of the people He loves inexplicably. Then He who could annihilate us instead offers us Himself, the gift of His sacrifice that we might be absolved of our sin and enter eternity washed in His blood, our scarlet sins not made even more red, but pure and white. An amazing picture of miraculous grace.

Isaiah 1: 18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Merry Christmas. May the greatest gift ever offered fill your heart with the truth, the knowledge, the comfort, and the peace of God.

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