She passed me by with an arrogance I remember all too well.

Her shirt read, “Hell no I don’t want to go to heaven so don’t ask . . . ”

I couldn’t bring myself to read the rest of it, but my first thought was, “Oh Lord, one day she will regret that” and my second thought was one of gratitude because there was a time in my life I would have worn that shirt proudly.

There was a time in my life I hated God.

I even called him a male chauvinistic pig standing in the middle of a bar.

Yes. I actually said that.

As well as some other choice words.

And even with my harshness and hatred – God still wanted me.

He accepted me.

He embraced me.

He welcomed me.

He will do that for you too.

The Bible says we are all sinners. No one is perfect except Jesus.

He lived a sinless life.

He died a torturous death.

And three days later He arose from the grave.

He did that for me.

He did that for you.

Oh how my heart hurts for you.

Oh Lord, today I find myself so much more thankful for grace, forgiveness, and mercy. Thank you for coming after me and not giving up on me. Do the same for the lady at Target please. Draw her in to you. Show her she needs you. Touch her life Lord. Please. I love you, Lord, thank you for loving me. Amen.