Chrismon did go on to say that she has been completely overwhelmed with the acceptance and love she has felt since her return. She truly had been convinced that she would be punished and shunned for her actions. This was a precious moment for us. This was the first opportunity that I had snatched up to share the word of God's grace. We spoke of how it isn't our grace to her, but GOD's unending grace he gives to us all. We all need it. We all survive through it. We all MUST SHARE it.
Did you hear me???
We ALL must share God's grace!
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10
Another important healing moment was getting to reassure her Mom that nothing she did caused Melissa's health issues. As a physician, I have frequently listened to mothers who lament in concerns of "what did they do wrong". A look of relief washed over her face as I explained that nothing she did, the earthquake or her Mom's death had contributed. It was another healing moment of grace.
Hmmm...maybe her name should be Melissa Grace? ;)
So, back to the party. We sang, ate cake and breathed in the beauty of the moment. The Lord was with us in that room at the guesthouse and all was right in the world. If even for that precious moment.
|Birthday hat #1. First enjoyed by my oldest 10 years ago.|
(No hoarder comments please!)
|Trying out the cake. She wasn't so sure but liked the icing. Remember she has no teeth.|
|Birthday hat #2|
How can you resist that toothless grin?
|Enjoying her Christmas present from her Aunt Amy while wearing her cross from her JeeJee.|