I didn’t forget a one
by Sharon L. Reidenbach
A little boy, unpopular in school, announced to his parents, “I
want to make Valentines for each one of my classmates.” His parents
watched him work hard for those who cared nothing about him! After
school, he again, walked home alone. But instead of sadness he bounced
right in, smiled and said, “Not a one. I didn’t forget a one, not a
single one!” (A related story from The Oxford Cart, by Chuck
The journey of undaunted Love; our definition began in the manger,
and culminates on an old wooden cross. Christ’s earthly thirty-three
years were over. Jesus finished what was promised.
-not to win a popularity contest: “ And when we see Him, there is
no beauty that we should desire Him” (Isaiah 53:2, NKJV).
-to teach us how to live: “You shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart, with all your soul, and with all mind. You shall love
your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22: 37-39).
-to reveal Almighty God: “And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me”
-to give us vitality: “I have come that they may have life, and
that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
-to reunite us to God: “For if when we were enemies we were
reconciled to God through the death of His Son, we shall be saved by
His life” (Romans 5: 1)
-to give us a comforter when He returned to Heaven: “I will ask
the Father to give you someone else to stand by you, to be with you
always. The Spirit of truth, he is with you and will live in your
hearts” (John 14:16-17).
-when we weren’t lovable: “But God demonstrates His love toward
us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans
-to fulfill God’s sacrificial love: “For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
But the Son of God, like the little boy, walked to the cross,
alone. Yet, He held no grudge, rather He said, “Father forgive them,
for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
At the end, He said from the cross, “ Father, ‘It’ is finished”
(John 19:30). [I didn’t miss a one, not one did I forget to offer life
to, and reflect Your loving grace to those who’d come to Me.].
Christ showed us how to live, was crucified, and rose from the
grave in three days. He forged what could have been an impossible path
to salvation for each of us. This Easter to accept Him as Savior is
saying, “Yes,” to the ‘final definition of love,’ and we’ll never walk