February 15, 2017
Are any of you dog lovers? I don't know if I would consider myself a dog lover, but I love my dogs. We have two, a German Shepherd named Gwen and a Shepherd mix named Charlie. Gwen turned 12 years old over Christmas break and has slowed down considerably. She used to play with our kids and watched over the family diligently. My son Chris even referred to her as the Secretary of Defense for the way she would watch over the family and the house. At this point she doesn't hear very well, her hips give her trouble, and she sleeps more than she does anything else.
On Sunday night Gwen decided to sleep in my room. Charlie always does, but Gwen came in and laid down and I knew she wasn't leaving. My wife was out of town and it didn't bother me so I just shut off the light and went to bed. At about 1:15 am I woke up to a putrid smell in the room. After turning on the light, I saw that Gwen had experienced a large bout of diarrhea all over the carpet in our room. Needless to say, I wasn't too happy with her and sent her out of the room. I spent the next 45 minutes or so trying to get it all cleaned up. When I finally tried to go back to sleep the smell lingered in the room. Even with the fan on and the window open it was tough to get the smell out of my nose.
Unfortunately, this is how our life is sometimes. We are invited to be with God, in fellowship with Him, but we make mistakes and we can't get the smell of those mistakes out of our own nose. The great news is that He scrubs us clean and takes away that sin. Even though we make a mess, He doesn't discard us or kick us out, like I did with Gwen. He invites us to stay and be with Him. He is willing to take us, mess and all, and call us His own. We have a God who loves us, cleans up our sins and invites us to be with Him.
Mr. Robert Koehne