Emersyn has been prepping for her First Reconciliation for the past several weeks. Ryan and I have alternated attending classes as she learns all about the next phase of her journey in our faith. Sadly, she missed her big retreat because the flu had other plans. but we were able to set aside time each night and help her get ready for the big day. The night before she wrote down all the sins that she wanted to ask forgiveness for - she was so nervous that it wasn't enough.
And while I will let those sins remain between her and God, I will say that her innocent words and deep convictions to try harder served as a beautiful reminder about what it means to be enough.
Because the truth is we are all enough. And if we seek forgiveness the two words "I'm sorry" are more than enough for Him.
She was one of the first kiddos to see the priest and as her time got nearer, you could feel her get nervous. She grabbed her notes and walked to meet the priest with bravery.
A few minutes passed, she walked out with a smile and said, "Now let's go get cake!" Y'all - can you imagine if we ALWAYS celebrated His mercy with such enthusiasm? His mercy to us is WORTH the celebration. Our seemingly trivial "I'm sorrys" are met with such goodness that isn't cake the only logical next step?
As the father greets the prodigal son that returns home from his years away, our Father greets us with the same love and excitement. Each and every time we ask Him.
I bet there was cake.