On Sunday, I attended the memorial service for Dona, my dear friend from high school. It was a precious time of celebration and reconnecting with old friends, some of which I hadn’t seen since we walked across the graduation stage in 1981. There was an open mic for sharing old memories during the service, lots of laughter amidst the tears, and even more hugging. Dona would’ve loved it.
The story was told of when she was six years old, and sitting on her daddy’s knee. After hearing the gospel presented in simplistic terms, she accepted Jesus into her heart. Then, her daddy asked her how she was sure she was going to heaven one day. Her answer has been resonating with me since the service, playing itself over and over in my heart:
He wants me. Me, of unkind thoughts and questionable actions. Me, of bad decisions and careless words. Me, of little worth in the grand scheme of things.
He wants me. Enough to leave indescribable splendor and be wrapped in flesh. Enough to be surrounded by unkind thoughts and questionable actions, bad decisions and careless words.
He wants me. Enough to take all that ugly unto Himself, bear the brunt of the pain it brings and redeem it, making me of greatest worth in the grand scheme of things.
He wants me. Enough to save me a seat in the throne room of heaven.
Yes, sweet Dona. I’ll see you there.
Because He wants me.
Whta a beautiful thought, melinda. And one that blows my mind!! That He not only wants me, but He loves me and He likes me!! Amazing!!
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for sharing this, Melinda. What a great and comforting truth. From the mouths of babes, huh?
Melinda,Your post was beautiful. Thank-u for sharing. What a blessing!
um…so simple, rich and beyond my comprehension yet thankfully not my belief.
Sorry for your lose Melinda, thrilled at heaven’s gain.
I think this is so precious and that those that knew your sweet friend, knew this of her. AMAZING GOD THAT WE SERVE!
Love to you,
Hugs and prayers for both you and Dona's family…
It IS amazing that he wants US, isn't it? How simple it is and yet so powerful and life changing. How wonderful that Dona shared this with her friends and that you've shared it with us.
So sweet, simple, beautiful and TRUE! I love it!
So precious! He wants ME! Have you heard the song 'He Loves Us' that's new? Makes me think of this phrase.
Love you sweet CSF,
Oh Melinda. With tears streaming down my face, thank you for this post. I'm sorry for you loss.
So glad for the "want" of God that led him to bring the gift of Christmas to us all, and to Dona!
thanks for sharing….want to talk to you soon….