Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

My daughter’s little girls go “wild” when they overload on birthday cake or other forms of sugar. So being the good parent my daughter asks that I not give them too many “treats.” A grandfather can get away with a little but not a lot.

Similarly when we ask God for something he knows is not good for us, he is likely to hold it back. And in so doing there is no less love than in granting our desire. Just like in Caroline’s withholding a second piece of cake or “another” brownie. If in our blindness, we pray for things which in turn might turn to sorrow, will not our heavenly mother deny us?

Besides, how awful would be our lot if all  our wishes were granted? How messed up would we become if we had the power to bring about every desire, every hasty wish, and all sudden longings? We need look no further than the example of a spoiled and pampered child. You cannot love a child too much, but you can spoil one. On occasion, look to the heavens and thank God for not what he gives, but for what he denies.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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