Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

Matthew 18:21-22

By Candi Winckel

Our dog, Charley came into our lives about a year ago, after we had just lost our little Lady who was 13 years old.  We had forgotten about the dreaded “PUPPY STAGE!”  We remembered that stage pretty quickly. 

Dogs have always been a part of our lives.  We love the way they greet you when you walk in the door.  They are overjoyed when you come home, whether you have been gone 5 minutes or 4 hours.  That little tail wags and wags and that little tongue gives lots of kisses.  We love Charley’s cuddles in bed (yes, she shares our bed and takes over our pillow when we get up for a minute during the night.) We love the way she hops on our lap whenever we sit down.

But, back to the “PUPPY STAGE“ and our Bible verse.  Here is part of an ongoing conversation during that dreaded stage:

Candi (in a loud voice):  Charley, not another accident?  I just took you out 5 minutes ago!

Charley:  Why are you yelling?  I’m sorry.  Wag, Wag, Kiss, Kiss

Candi (in a loud voice):  Charley, for the tenth time-stop chewing on that table leg!!

Charley:  Why are you yelling?  I’m sorry. Wag, Wag, Kiss, Kiss

Candi:  Oh Charley, I’m sorry I stepped on your foot.

Charley:  I love you and want to be close to you-and my foot only hurts a little.  And I know you have big feet and are a little bit clutzy. Of course, I forgive you. Wag, Wag, Kiss, Kiss

Dogs forgive more than seventy-seven times.  Charley teaches me to forgive more than seventy-seven times. 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all the creatures You bring into our lives to teach us about forgiveness and love.  Amen