‘Called … to glory and virtue’

With sweet simplicity, a story in a radio sermon heard on a long drive one Sunday made an indelible point. The preacher said that God once sent several angels from heaven to discover what is the most precious thing on Earth. They returned with samples of gold and diamonds, and stories about Earth’s natural wonders, beautiful works of art, and the innocence of children and their gleeful laughter. But none of this satisfied God.

Finally, an angel told about seeing an older man out walking, who stopped by a quiet stream to rest. He knelt and leaned toward the water for a drink, but stopped suddenly, seeing his face reflected there. He hardly recognized himself and began to wonder, “What happened to the boy I once was?” Regret for years selfishly wasted took hold, and tears filled his eyes. He wept for neglecting God and the memory of all the wrong he had done. The angel collected his tears of repentance and presented them to God, who confirmed they are truly the most precious thing on Earth.

Lord, Love, Shepherd
November 7, 2016

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