A dog's tale: Thoughts on forgiveness and carpets

Published on Friday, 1 November 2013 23:16 - Written by By Lorri Allen KYTX CBS 19 Special Contributor

“And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.” —I Corinthians 10:13

 We thought, hopefully, that as our puppy passed her one-year birthday, she would stop destroying anything in her path.

She’s better, but Sandy still has a love for Mark’s socks and my sunglasses. I’m on my fifth new pair.

Unfortuna-tely, when we went to church on a recent Sunday, we left a red marker on the coffee table.

We came home to find little plastic pieces of the marker strewn across the living room and four big spots of red ink staining the carpet.

We sighed simultaneously. “I don’t suppose Buffy could’ve done this?” I asked.

Buffy is our 9-year-old, 12-pound terrier.

My husband, taking a closer look at Sandy, a big yellow-white dog, laughed.

“There’s no doubt about whom the guilty party is.”

I followed his gaze to see red ink on Sandy’s paws and a red spot on her ribs that looked like a bullet hole.

She must have been having so much fun chewing that she rolled around in the ink.

We were upset about the stains on the carpet, but we love Sandy so much, there was no punishment.

After all, it was our fault for leaving the pen within her reach.

Think of all the sins we commit. God probably sits in Heaven thinking, “I thought she’d outgrow that temptation by now. But I love her so much, I’ll forgive her again.”

And while we might not have the incriminating evidence all over our hands, God knows when we’ve been rolling around in sin.

Some of us feel guilty for years, never giving ourselves the mercy our Father dispensed long ago.

Others of us are like Sandy, tail wagging, oblivious to the fact we did anything wrong. I don’t know that a happy medium is the answer, but I do know God loves you even more than I love Sandy.

Some high-powered stain remover worked on the carpet, and sunglasses are cheap in the winter. Solutions are abundant when relationships are at stake.

"Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me--now let me rejoice. Don't keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:7-10 (NLT)

Lorri Allen is news director for KYTX CBS19.