Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Debt Paid

Mercy took on a whole new meaning that Christmas.

It was one of those “unable to deliver” slips the post office leaves when you’re not home. I really didn’t think too much about it. I didn’t even go pick up whatever it was until a few days later.

Seeing the return address I realized it was from the law firm that had sent out notices about a class action lawsuit that had been filed for managers at the retail chain that my husband, Alan, worked for. I smiled. It was three days before Christmas, and the extra $1.99 that it probably represented was amusing.

legal envelope

Curious, I opened the envelope when I got back to the car. The numbers didn’t make sense at first. There were a few more zeroes than I’d anticipated.

I looked again. Still those extra zeroes. No dummy, I knew a scam when I saw one. Checking online once I got home, the realization hit that the class action suit was well documented. But still…

So I called the phone number listed on the verification. I reached a live person, who assured me that the check was legitimate!

Unbelievable! Who gets a check like that three days before Christmas?

Two days later I sat in our church’s Christmas Eve service, reflecting on the whole thing. So very grateful, and overwhelmed with what God had done.

Having seven kids is an expensive proposition, especially when it came to college. We had acquired some debt as a result, and this unexpected windfall would wipe it out. My conversation with God went something like this:

“We don’t deserve this. We didn’t make the best choices, and it’s our own fault we are in debt. Why would You do this? Why would you pay this debt for me?”

In one of those rare moments, I clearly heard the voice of my Savior speak into my heart: “Isn’t that what I did at the cross? I paid your debt of sin, the one that you could never pay, so that you don’t have to.”

And I wept. So incredibly grateful, not for the money, but for the love of my Jesus, who paid the debt I never could. Not because He had to, but because He chose to. Because He loves me.

Christmas mercy fully exhibited on the cross.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.                                                                                      2 Corinthians 5:21

Further reflection:

  1. There are all kinds of debt. When you think of the debt you owe Jesus, what comes to mind?
  2. Find a place to quiet your heart, and picture taking that debt and laying it at the feet of the cross. Redo this as often as it is necessary for you to recognize that He wiped out that debt.

Father, Your mercy is more than I deserve and far more than I could ever earn. The kind of love You exhibited by taking the full weight of the debt of my sin is beyond my understanding. I can only weep in gratitude.

1 comment:

  1. Amen and Thanks be to God for His love and His mercy.