About the moment I hit “SAVE” on my last blog entry I noticed I had written the wrong date for the Newtown, CT tragedy.  I had put “12/13…” instead of the actual date of the event which was “12/14…” As soon as I noticed it, I tried to go back to edit it and found THAT isn’t an option – at least not for someone like me with limited power and authority.  In a sense, you could say my mistake is forever recorded in this “electronic book” unless someone with greater power comes along and changes it.

Today, I was reading 2 Samuel 14 – the story of David and his son, Absalom.  Absalom had killed his brother Amnon and out of fear of retribution from his father he’d run away and was gone for three years.  It says, however, that David “longed for Absalom.”  Strange to think that a father could love his child so much and would want to be with him even though he'd done something so wrong..

In verse 14 it says”Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.”  You know, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life that bring a lot more shame than a typo in a blog.  Things that I cannot go back and “undo.” They were far worse – bad enough to “banish” me from God’s presence.  If you are reading this, maybe you are looking at your past mistakes and wishing they could be “undone.” The reality is they too are like water spilled on the ground. Once they happen, there isn’t anything YOU can do to take them back.  Our sins are like that, too.  And just like Absalom was cut off from David beause of what he had done, our sin cuts us off from God. Yet, I believe that God does "long for us" - He is "David" looking for his son, He is that Father waiting for his prodigal son to return.

So He (God) has devised a way (the Way, in fact) so that you and I don’t have to be estranged from Him. That Way became flesh over 2000 years ago.  And we celebrate His birth in just a few days. He is the way – and the ONLY way – to bring a sinful child back into the presence of his Father. For me and my family, this gives us something to celebrate.  And I hope you, too, have a Merry Christmas in the presence of your God!