I picked up this little teddy from the passenger seat in my car this morning.
It’s was given by my little one’s teacher for Valentine’s Day. He loved it so much and put it in his backpack to school every day.
Yesterday he told me that one eye from the teddy fell out. And this poor little bear has been left in the passenger seat ever since.
I looked at this bear. I couldn’t help but hold his little feet and arm together, making a hugging pose.
The missing eye only has one black silk strain left, but he is still cute. It’s like he is saying: I am just a little bear who wants to be held, played with, and loved.
Oh, how my heart softened. Isn’t that how God sees us?
We are all broken little teddies. And we will hurt each other because of our shortcomings. We tend to harden our hearts and write off the ones who hurt us as if they are this handicapped bear.
But just like this little teddy in my hand, we are all creatures made for love and forgiveness. Like this bear has endured his fair share of rough tumble and play, the ups and downs in our lives will break a little ear, or an arm or leg, or tear away an eye— we all have had our share of scars and made plenty of mistakes.
But we are still lovable in our Father’s eye. And we should see each other how our Father sees us.
Dear Lord, please soften my heart toward people who’ve hurt my feelings. Let me be gentle, kind, and tender-hearted no matter what happens. Give me the gift of courage to forgive. Because it’s easy to have a hardened heart and cut others off from our lives, but it’s much harder to see others from Your point of view, to see we are all created with your gentle love and care.
I know that my peace only comes after I forgive all the offenses. So please leave me with your peace, dear Father. Wash my heart white as snow and remember no more wrong from others, just like you will remember no more wrong from me.
Thank you, dear Father.
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32