A Day Like No Other

I wrote a blog for today a couple of days ago. I recently wrote about Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims book, Organize Your Day: Time Management Techniques That Will Work for You, published by Revell Books, Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted in 2009. The problem is, when I went to write this one I realized that I never posted the “Organize Your Day” blog.

My husband and I recently returned from a vacation and while he watched football, I pulled out my computer and wrote a blog post. My son is an IT guy, so I texted him and asked if he ever used the internet at a public place on his private computer and he said, “No.”

He’s probably got more security safeguards on his than I do on mine, so I saved the blog. Out of sight, out of mind, as the old cliché goes.

I plan to post the article about the book tomorrow, but for tonight I just want to say, I decided to take Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims up on the idea to keep a running tally of how I use my time for a week in half hour increments, and it is eye opening.

I knew I was going to rest after a full two weeks of being gone because we kept irregular hours and I caught a cold, plus I got up early to prepare for Bible study this morning. I wanted to join my husband as he entered his office today because his secretary called me while we were away to ask for his favorite paint color. They wanted to freshen his office for him and re-decorate a bit. I was sworn to secrecy. I wanted to see his reaction because even though he’s low key, I knew he’d appreciate the effort they went to and he’d surely like an office in his favorite color.

He kidded one of the board members, “I need sunglasses in there now.”

The previous pastor chose a darker wallpaper with lots of trees on it. They chose a color just a bit darker than a pastel.

So, we celebrated our return with a lunch date at a new restaurant in town and then his secretary called to tell us that when our church had a number of police around it today, as we studied God’s Word oblivious to our surroundings, they were making plans to re-capture an escaped convict. Apparently, he’d been seen in the vicinity of our building. She asked how long our doors had been unlocked and was there any chance he could be hiding somewhere inside. I told her we would have heard him. She wasn’t so sure. We had talked, read out loud, laughed, reminisced, and then prayed. I told her all the places I’d been, looking for supplies and even for a can of paint in a storage room out of the way, before and after the study.

The next time I called her after taking a moment to consider, I thought maybe she should leave if she felt nervous. When she didn’t answer, I thought, Ah, she’s gone, good.

I texted her about leaving and she texted back: “I’m at the dentist and I won’t return until tonight’s Bible study.”

I went home to have some time with God and to do light housekeeping since I chose to rest. Occasionally, I called my husband to see if there was any news. “None that I know of,” he responded.

I’m praying the convict gets returned behind bars. It makes me wonder how he happened to escape and to hope he’s not a violent offender. I’ve been praying he’ll get saved if he’s not already, and that he won’t hurt anyone. I love the fact that God stays with us, no matter what we go through. It occurs to me that if I’m that curious, I could search the news to see if there’s any change in the situation.

I hope you had a nice day, one in which you didn’t hear of escaped convicts possibly hiding right nearby. I expect to share a little about our vacation, but I never know what a day will bring.

God bless you!

God Versus the Devil


God is good and the devil is not. God is all powerful and the devil is the defeated foe. Why then do Christians fall under the devil’s limited power?



Our Friday afternoon Bible study read through Mark 11 yesterday, in the New King James Version.



After each section, I’d teach what it meant with God’s help and I also listened to the others’ opinions.



When we came near the end of the chapter at verse 19, we’re told they left the city in the evening.



In the beginning of the chapter Jesus looked through the leaves of a fig tree hoping for figs because He was hungry. It wasn’t the season for the fruit but I’ve heard that occasionally there is a second growth.



When the tree proved to be unfruitful, Jesus cursed the fig tree.



Mark 11:20  Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

Mar 11:21  And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”

Mar 11:22  So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.

Mar 11:23  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Mar 11:24  Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Mar 11:25  “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

Mar 11:26  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”



I stopped a minute to think. How often do I pray with absolute, unshakable faith?



A few years back, I prayed for a pastor set to go in for surgery by the end of the week. In full faith, I told him God could heal him so he wouldn’t need the procedure. When he asked me to pray, my faith wavered. I did pray but he knew my confidence had fled.



Every month now, we pray for healing at our church. My faith rarely wavers and if it does, I ask God to give me faith, right in the middle of the praying and receive it. Sometimes God moves and answers our prayers. Other times, it seems as though people leave with their illnesses intact.



I don’t doubt God’s ability. I’ve seen too many answers to prayer and many healings.



Perhaps our sin hinders God’s response or we harbor bitterness against others. Maybe we’re in a Job situation.



When King David asked God to cleanse his heart and renew a right spirit within him, I believe he received what he asked for, a right standing with God. He also lived a life filled with consequences for previous sins.



When King David ignored his son’s sinful behavior and failed to punish him, as noted in 2 Samuel 13, Absalom, another son of David’s with a different mother, took vengeance. Things got worse from there.



I believe when we Christians live for ourselves and disregard God’s commands, we empower the devil to come against us and God allows consequences so hopefully, we’ll wake up and commit ourselves to follow God with all our being. The devil is defeated but he’s crafty and he lays traps for people.



May God bless you and me. I need Him more all the time.


Made to Move

I believe people are made to move around and to work. Since I go to a nursing home on Fridays and when I went to visit an elderly lady in her home a couple of weeks ago, this thought came to mind: exercise helps us age more gracefully.



The lady living alone teeters as she walks with her cane. She used to own a dog, but when he died she didn’t get another pet. She can’t hear well and I never see her outdoors anymore. She used to go to the grocery store, but she insists on the driver accompanying her into the store. Then she visits with whoever will listen to her, she examines the products carefully. The lady with her is chained to her in a manner of speaking and so she finally told her to give her a list with the money and she’d pick up the groceries and bring them back. It is a volunteer, so she can’t force the chauffeur to allow her into the car.


This person doesn’t get exercise, doesn’t see others much, and is aging more rapidly than most people her age, it seems to me.


One of the gals in our Bible study group is in her nineties and sometimes her legs hurt. Today she told me that when she’s in pain, she maneuvers her wheelchair out the door to the main hallway and makes her way around a huge circle of rooms and the nursing station. Last night she did that near her bedtime, which is unusual. She said the pain in her legs left once she began moving. “I just needed some exercise! The pain left and I slept well.”


When I find myself sitting more than normal, at the end of the day I feel fidgety.


Another person I know suffers from “restless leg syndrome.”


She can’t move around a lot because her weight has crept up along with her age. Lately she’s been acting like she’s ready to lose weight. When I asked her if she wanted toast one morning since she didn’t get breakfast, she turned me down. I think she’s trying to avoid too many carbohydrates.


I hope she will lose the extra pounds and find greater mobility. I’d love to see her age gracefully!


I am convinced I need to work heartily as unto the Lord and that means if I’m typing all day, I also need to shake my arms and fingers, and get up and walk around every hour. I went to our church to help with the gardening in early spring. When I yanked some weeds out of the ground on a dry day, a muscle by my upper arm pulled. I never expected that, and that’s when I realized I’m not building up strength. Now, I’m doing stretches, walking, and more resistance type exercises.


Our bodies weren’t meant to sit in a chair or on a couch every hour of the day. Note to me, get up and move around on a regular basis!


May God bless you. Hope you are able to choose healthy foods and exercise. I’d like to hear how you improve your health when you need to.

Remember Who You Are

Our Wednesday morning Bible study had a lady attending who belonged to another church. She used to be a member at our church many years ago and then left. Part of her heart is still with us, so she attended Wednesday mornings for years. This year near the end of the year she backed out because her sister got a life threatening disease and she’s spending more time with her. I miss her because she’s a likable person and she added to the group.

Unfortunately, as Christians we may be well aware of our sins and shortcomings and spend more time on them than God may want us to. In the psalms, we are told that God loves us and forgives us.

Psalm 103:11, (ESV):  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

Psa 103:12  as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Psa 103:13  As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

Once we truly repent, He does not expect us to continually beat ourselves up. He expects us to love ourselves in a healthy way, not a narcissistic way. These verses show God’s high regard for us loving Him and loving ourselves and loving others.

Mark 12:28, (ESV)  And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”

Mar 12:29  Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Mar 12:30  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Mar 12:31  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mar 12:32  And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him.

Mar 12:33  And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Mar 12:34  And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

So, as I was saying, this lady attended our group and if we got down on ourselves, she would nicely tell us to remember who we are in Christ. We are forgiven. God calls us righteous in His sight because of the shed blood of Jesus for our sins. He took on the payment of our sins so when we stand before God at judgment day, we can claim that Jesus covered our debt or He wiped our slate clean so there’s no mark against us.

We must continue to seek God, despite distractions, despite our flesh crying out for entertainment or more money or whatever it is that keeps us from opening the Word of God. Thursday and today I intended to read the Word early in the day. Today it was almost one thirty in the afternoon. I’d done laundry, finished a writer’s magazine, did dishes, got myself ready for the day, called people, etc. My husband and I needed to be somewhere around four and I had to prepare some things before getting there. Plus, I needed to go to the store.

I made myself sit down and focus on the Lord. I remember doing that when the children were little. Putting all else aside for a short period of time and concentrating on the Lord. I told them to behave and to be quiet while I spent time with God and they did. When I don’t give time to the Lord the cares of this world press down on me, I feel lonely inside, I may become fearful over things. All those things are alleviated by spending time in God’s Word.

Hebrews 4:12, (ESV)  For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Heb 4:13  And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Heb 4:14  Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

Heb 4:15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Heb 4:16  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

When the lady at Bible study reminds us that we belong to God by our own choosing, and that He makes us righteous, it always brings a smile to my face and to the others. She hasn’t had to say it a lot, but more than once.

We’re praying for her sister to recover and be perfectly whole.

May God bless you and yours.

Jesus Said, “You Hypocrites!”


Our Friday morning Bible study read through Matthew 15 where Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites.

Matthew 15:12, (NKJV) says: “Then His disciples came and said to Him, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”

What I love about Jesus is that He is not a people pleaser. He speaks clearly. He is offended at the Pharisees because they are the religious leaders and the culture added over 600 laws for the Israeli people to live by. Jesus tells them that their laws are taking precedence over His Ten Commandments.

For instance, He wants people to honor their father and mother. The Pharisees said the money to help their parents has gone to support the Temple.

Others may be impressed by their giving to the Temple, but they’ll never know the Pharisees helped their parents pay taxes. Some Pharisees wanted the recognition for their good deeds.

Years ago, I memorized Hebrews 4:12 (NASB): For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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Jesus, in person, probably through communicating with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit knew the intentions of the Pharisees’ heart.

Hebrews 4:13 (NASB) continues with, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”

Hebrews 4: 14-16 reminds us that Jesus, the Son of God who passed through the heavens is our high priest and He sympathizes with our weaknesses and He’s willing to help us in our time of need. In Luke 18:27 Jesus is speaking of salvation: “But He said, ‘The things impossible with men are possible with God.’”

Salvation is my greatest need, although as an earth-bound creature I’m not aware of the supernatural at times.

That’s why Jesus came to earth. He chose to be born on earth to open up our spiritual eyes to the good news of the Gospel and to warn us not to follow man-made religions and false teachers. In Matthew 7:15-20 (NASB), Jesus said, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they?

“Even so, every good tree bears good fruit;

but the bad tree bears bad fruit.

“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit,

nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.

“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down

and thrown into the fire.

“So then you will know them by their fruits.”

No one wants to be called a hypocrite. Yet, there are hypocrites in every aspect of society if you look carefully.

The Pharisees thought they were perfectly okay with God and they were training followers to be just like them.

Jesus said to inspect the leader’s everyday life to see if they’re bringing forth fruits worthy to present to God. The nine fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22, 23 are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.   I’ve had to ask God to help me with these attributes and behaviors. I’m so grateful for His faithfulness and graciousness and love.

May God bless you, and Happy New Year!


Borrow or Buy

Where the Wild Rose Blooms Rocky Mountain Memories - Wick, Lori - Paperback

I went to the library to borrow some books for research. I read a comment by author Jerry Jenkins about relaxing at night with a light novel. So, I picked up a book by Lori Wick from the Rocky Mountain Memories Series, the first one, called Where the Wild Rose Blooms. The book was published by Harvest House Publishers and copyrighted in 1996 by Lori Wick.

It’s light reading compared to the non-fiction books I chose, but this book reminds me to read the Bible and to treat others as I’d like to be treated. She weaves these ideas into the story in a way that I appreciate.

Another book I took out of the library that I blogged about before is written by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy entitled, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. It’s published by Baker Books from Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted in 2016. As I went through the book, I was offered an opportunity to do some things online if I’d purchased the book and I was interested in doing those things. Also, Christian Book Distributor was announcing a grand sale, and this book happened to be half their regular price. So, I bought the book.Living Forward Book

I’m keeping the original copy from the library until the purchased one shows up so I can keep working on their exercises. When I started it, I got thinking I may want to buy my own. My husband has used Stephen R. Covey’s books on self-management for years and a small portion of this new book is similar to Mr. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons of Personal Change. It was copyrighted in 1989 and published by Fireside, a division of Simon & Schuster, New York, NY.The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.jpg

I read the 7 Habits book, but for some reason I never finished it. Not ready for it, I guess. I use the Franklin Covey planner every year and it would behoove me to read the 7 Habits book. Maybe I will when I finish the Living Forward book.

I see why the authors of Living Forward suggest the reader take a day off from their routine and work on the life plan they suggest. I began it last Thursday when I had a full half day free to myself. I’m wordier than many, I’m sure. So, the first exercise took me a while and struck my emotions. I hope to work on it again tomorrow and hopefully get quite a bit of it done. I just got hired to do a project and I am definitely starting that tomorrow. Those are two of my top three priorities. I’m reading my Bible more, with God’s help.

Do you buy books you started to read in the library? I’ve purchased at least four this year. Two of them were writing books. One was a Bible study, and then this latest one is on goal setting and life plans. I rarely purchase a fiction book that I borrow unless it’s really long and I can’t get it finished in time. I tend to buy reference books. I know there’s lots of info on the internet. I just like books, what can I say?

May God bless!

Events in a Day


I woke up this morning with chores and responsibilities on my mind. After I ate some breakfast, I started doing some of them, but I wanted to get into the Word. I looked for a Bible study book and did some short items on my list here and there.

Later, I began hunting online for a Dragon Speak system by Nuance for my computer because after placing an ad in the Shopper, a man called for me to transpose something and to do some light editing. He wanted to know how fast a typist I am, and I had to tell him that I don’t know. I write about six days a week and type most of those days, so I’m not a slow typist. My sister is a professional typist and I mentioned that I am not as fast as she is. So, he told me he had this Dragon Speak system on his computer that enables him to speak the information into it, so he doesn’t have to type it all out from the notebooks.

I asked why he doesn’t keep at it. He doesn’t have the time. He’s hired me to do this project for him and he bought the software for my computer, an upgraded version than his own since I’m a writer. I gotta tell you. I felt blessed by God. He went on to say that in his business he does not buy items that are used by householders. He buys professional quality.  Then he paid by PayPal, so I had to set up a business account to receive payments from customers. That took some time.

Around five-thirty, my husband left for a meeting and I got thinking I’d start supper for when he got home. He had a late lunch. I called my daughter to see how her day was going and she asked if she’d called me. “No.”

“I wanted to invite you to a ladies’ house that is hosting a Bible study with a missionary couple from India. It’s dish to pass for the evening meal.”

“What time is the meeting?” I asked. At 6:30.

I had started a sink full of dishes that I was determined to finish. I told her I’d show up, but I might be late. So, I started a rice dish for the gathering and a crockpot of soup for my husband’s supper. He likes soup. Cut up an onion for this pot, cut more for the crockpot. Add butter and oil to the onions on the stove for the rice dish and stir like mad. Leave that and start chopping carrots and celery.

Then the phone rings. It’s my daughter. Can I pick up my son-in-law at the grocery store? His car died. Okay, tell him I’ll be at least ten minutes.

Later on, in the dark I find my son-in-law’s car easily enough and he’s inside. He brings his store bought salads since they both worked that day. As we get closer to the home, I begin to realize that I haven’t been there in such a long time, that I would have gotten lost. He knows the way.

Sunday night his car broke down, so they attended our evening service at church. They said it was a God ordained breakdown. They were tired and would have driven right past our building and gone home.

Tonight, as I dropped him off I told him if he hadn’t been in the car, I would have been in trouble. He said it was another God ordained breakdown and he was sure his car would start. I waited to see. It started up immediately and off he went. They almost bought a car a few weeks ago, and God prevented them from buying it, it was a scam. Fortunately, they bought the wrong kind of pre-payment card and the scammers couldn’t cash those. The company refunded all of their money. God watches over them!

I didn’t intend to go to a Bible study, but I got blessed big time. I hope if your day gets rearranged by the Lord or by circumstances beyond your control that it will work out for good.

Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite verses:  Rom 8:28, (KJV)  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

May God bless you.

Answered Prayer

My daughter called me today to say that my son has good news. I don’t know about you, but I like hearing good news!

Our ladies’ Bible study has been praying for my son and my daughter to get full time jobs. They’ve both been working part time trying to make ends meet. She started a job lately and he just found out he’s been hired. Oh, how wonderful to hear that they got jobs.

Our church has a healing ministry service once a month and this past time, a man stood up to say that two pastors at our church prayed for his diabetes to heal. His toe was killing him. I remember thinking at the time, why doesn’t he ask for his foot to heal up?

He’s been losing weight and the diabetes didn’t change. So when he got up to the microphone, I wondered what he had to say. I’d forgotten he’d gone forward for prayer. His diabetes began healing up after the service. His doctor keeps lowering his insulin and whatever medicines he’s on because his blood sugar is getting too low. It keeps getting better and better. I love hearing that.

I spoke to a friend yesterday. She reminded me of Psalm 34:17:   When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. (ESV)

This friend has a gift of faith. So, when she prays for me sometimes, she won’t even call to see how it worked out. I’ll call her and tell her God answered the prayer. She’s happy for me, but never surprised. 🙂

Psalm 34 is one of my favorite Scriptures. My mother-in-law’s favorite Scripture was Psalm 91, she told me once.

I hope this finds you well. If not, I hope you’ll search God’s word to see what His opinion is on your circumstance. Maybe there’s a Scripture you can pray that covers exactly what you’re dealing with. God doesn’t always answer prayers the way I want Him to, but when He doesn’t it’s because there is a good reason.

Sometimes in my life, I’ve thanked Him for not answering my prayer, because later I realized I’d have been in a big mess if things had gone my way. In case you haven’t noticed, I love serving a God Who has my back.

May God bless you!


Forgiving God

Totally Forgiving God - When it Seems He Has Betrayed You ebook by R.T. Kendall

A retired pastor at our church started a Bible study last week based on the book, Totally Forgiving God by R. T. Kendall, copyrighted in 2012 and published by Charisma House, Lake Mary, FL.

It’s not like God is capable of making mistakes because He is perfect. With our human thinking, we can’t understand why He made mankind with the ability to act in an evil manner.

This author brings up lots of things to think about. God is perfect but He allows things we can’t fathom. Forgiveness always releases the person doing the forgiving from bitterness and depression and stress and sometimes a devastating illness.

Thelma Wells spoke to a large gathering of women in Syracuse, N.Y. I was privileged to attend with over three years ago. She related about an offense she carried against three women at her church. Not the details of the hurt, but how a really good friend approached her.

She told Thelma something to the affect that Thelma may not want to hear this, but she thought God wanted her to forgive these three ladies.

Thelma wasn’t ready to hear her at that time, but the friend brought it up again later. When she finally took action to forgive the women, something happened.

Thelma had been battling a life-threatening illness that puzzled the doctors. Suddenly, she began to heal and that didn’t make sense to them either. After a total healing over a bit of time, she decided to let the doctor know about her act of forgiveness and that God had healed her!

She wrote a book with many anecdotes and lots of Scripture entitled, Don’t Give In, God Wants You to Win. I also purchased the DVD to show at our church. Harvest House Publisher, Eugene, OR published both items and they were copyrighted in 2009.

She is a great speaker, if you ever get the chance to hear her, I think you’ll be blessed.

Well, tomorrow is a full day and once again, it’s after midnight, although not far past midnight. So may God bless you and keep you in the palm of His loving hand.

“God is love,” 1 John 4:8a (CEV).

Don't Give In God Wants YOU to Win!


“Love covers a multitude of sins,” is from James 5:20 and a similar verse is in Proverbs 10:12b.

We had a Bible study last night with a foursome. My husband likes to have each person read a verse and then we discuss the verses. In Ephesians 1:18 (NASB) it says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”

In thinking of the last part of that verse, we thought, Jesus’ inheritance is the saints. His glorious inheritance is the saints, those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and are in a righteous relationship with Him. It blew us away. God loves us so much that He considers us part of His inheritance.

In that light, I guess that explains the gospel. Jesus gave up His existence in heaven to come to earth to take the punishment for our sins upon Himself to restore for whosoever would, (John 3:16), the conditions of the Garden of Eden or possibly way better, since I wasn’t there, and then people can experience an eternity with God. They’ll have a new name, a new body, a new heart/soul, all perfect or complete, to live forever, in an environment that is all love, no evil.

They will have a purposeful life for all of time with a creative, loving, brilliant God. I’m paraphrasing the verses about heaven. Jesus spoke of heaven in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Heaven is mentioned in the last chapters of Revelation and elsewhere in the Word of God.

Jesus’ love covers a multitude of sin for a multitude of sinners. Perfect, unconditional love.