September 29 – Daddy, You Need a Foot Rub

272 – Daddy, You Need a Foot Rub

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Today was rough day. I awoke in the middle of the night with a migraine behind both eyes. All I wanted to do was sleep. My youngest, on the other hand, was having a very defiant day. Her house her rules. Her normal lightswitch behavior was on speed repeat. No matter what happened, there was good and bad, but we made it through. During each of these bouts, she did come and ask for forgiveness and a hug.  As we were starting to wind down, folding laundry, she out of the blue said “Daddy, You need a foot rub”. Then she said she needed to use ocean, a.k.a lotion. She proceeded to give me and my wife both foot rubs. It was very nice, if not overkill with the lotion :-).

As I think about my behavior over the years, both the good and bad, I can’t remember how many times I’ve asked for forgiveness. I only wish that every time I hurt someone it could be solved with an “I’m sorry”, have a hug, and a foot rub. While I know that isn’t how life works, given and receiving of forgiveness, true forgiveness for a true apology, heals the soul.

Scripture on True Apologizing
  • Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. – James 5:16
  • Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. – Matthew 12:25
  • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9
Reflection

I’m a person who loves to have my feet and back rubbed. It is a release of tension, pressure, and helps set things right again. My daughter knew I was stressed, knew she was part of it, and wanted me to forgive her. Then know I liked to have my feet rub, she wanted to give a foot rub. This eased my mind. (And no, this isn’t a repayment for being bad, she knows that it is a nice thing to do.)

She is laying next to me right now, knowing she is loved. I am loved. She is forgiven of all her bad behaviors today. I know tomorrow, will be more of the same and as she grows, she will learn what is right and wrong. Eventually, these behaviors will change.

I am thankful that we have a father in heaven like this. I sin every day, and every day I ask for forgiveness and he gives it. He helps me correct my behavior. It’s not perfect. Tomorrow, I will probably make some of the same mistakes again. At the same time, I know I have friends and family, who knows my true heart and when I screw up, they forgive me all the time.

I pray that everyone has that type of heart. A heart to sincerely apologize and sincerely forgive.

Charge

Has someone wronged you? Have they asked for forgiveness? Can you forgive them? Will you ask the Lord for strength to forgive their sins and accept their apology?

Have you wronged someone? Have you asked for forgiveness? Will you be able to accept it if they give it to you? WIll you ask the Lord for the strength to honestly apologize and to accept their forgiveness?

Lord, let me soul be healed. Let all those who I have wronged forgive me. Let me forgive all of those who have wronged me. I confess all of my sins and ask for forgiveness.

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