The Interregnum . . .
When my three sons were little their grandpa, my late father, used to come and stay for week-ends. He was the boys’ only surviving grandparent and took that role very seriously. He adored them.
He would always phone after he had arrived safely back to his home in Wales and he invariably said the same thing about his grandsons: ‘Weren’t they good?’ Now they had been many things: noisy, lively, argumentative to name but a few. They were and are wonderful but, when they were small, ‘good’ was not top of my list of adjectives to describe them.
My father meant it though and, in his eyes, they were indeed ‘good’. He exemplified what the Bible means by saying that ‘love covers a multitude of sins’. He loved them exactly as they were and they really were good in his eyes. Such was the love he unfailingly showed me too. In fact, according to him, I lived in sinless perfection as a child – the unfortunate thing is that I distinctly remember otherwise!
We have just celebrated Easter – the ultimate demonstration of God’s love for us. Through the cross of Christ, we experience forgiveness. As it says in Psalm 103:12, ‘As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.’ Christianity does not deal with guilty feelings; it deals with guilt itself.
The same Psalm goes on to say: ‘As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him’. We know that we get so much wrong but when we come to God and say sorry, we find complete and total forgiveness. This means that we can each imagine God, as my father did, looking at us and saying, ‘Aren’t they good?’ It is special to be reminded of that love, to thank God for it and to bask in the awesome wonder of His compassionate forgiveness.