Lately, when Malachi gets in trouble, he immediately wails, "You're not gonna forgive me!" and buries his head in his arms. Izzy is his little shadow, so he does it too, though he has even less idea of what it all means than Malachi. It's quite a diversion from the issue at hand, whatever it may be, and I get frusterated about it sometimes. I can't figure out where it came from. But no matter where it came from, I can't ignore it, and I always tell Malachi, "Mommy will always forgive you." To which he must reply, "Why?" because that is the favored question for both my little guys right now. I tell him,"Because I love you, and love always forgives." He hasn't quite gotten it yet, but it made me stop and think today. "Love always forgives." Even if they're wrong. Even if they don't ask me to forgive them. Even if they don't know they did anything wrong. And not just my children. As a follower of Christ, I'm called to "love my neighbor as myself." I guess that means I should also forgive them. Always. Just like I forgive my boys. Just like God forgives me. And how often, when I mess up, do I immediately shout to God, "You won't forgive me!" and hide from Him. It's not too easy to have a relationship with a person you're hiding from. But God says the same thing to me, I think....."I will always forgive you, because I love you, and love always forgives." It's something to think about.