A woman is dying of AIDS. The chaplain is summoned. He attempts to comfort her, but she won’t have it. She’s utterly convinced that she’s not worth the trouble.
“I am lost,” she said. “I have ruined my life and every life around me. Now I’m going painfully to hell. There is no hope for me.”
The visitor saw a framed picture of a pretty girl on the dresser. “Who is this?” he asked. The woman brightened. “She’s my daughter…the one beautiful thing in my life.”
“And would you help her if she was in trouble, or made a mistake? Would you forgive her? Would you still love her?”
“Of course I would!” cried the woman. “I would do anything for her! Why do you ask such a question?”
“Because I wanted you to know,” said the man, “that God has a picture of you on His dresser.” (Story by Edward McManus, in a book called The Jokesmith.)
Now that is gospel! It’s for all of us…no matter how far gone we are.
So…I was thinking of you today…January 11th, 2010…and wondering…can you…do you believe this? No! No! I mean down at your core, does this truth go about with you through all your life. Is it sustaining you…cheering you…keeping you going…comforting you…warming you…providing you living hope and inspiration for living? I pray that your place in your Father God’s heart, lives in your heart too. I pray that more and more you are able to see yourself and the rest of us, as well, through your Father’s eyes.