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Grace P. Cho is a Korean American writer, poet, speaker, and the editorial manager at (in)courage. She believes telling our stories can change the world and desires to elevate women of color’s voices in the publishing industry. Learn more at @gracepcho and gracepcho.com.

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  1. Grace thank you for sharing this important reminder that God loves us unconditionally. I’m like you in that for years I had a different view of Gods love for me similar to what you have explained. I still have to remind myself sometimes orneed reminders such as your post that God loves us no matter what we do and that he is the best most loving and fair parent there is!! This post made me feel so happy!! Who wouldn’t be happy to be the recipient of love from a beautiful God such as ours. We are all so fortunate and blessed. Thanks for this post!

  2. Lyrics from an old hymn came rushing to my mind as I read about your son and his worm friend:
    Alas and did my Savior bleed
    And did my Sovereign die?
    Would He devote that sacred head
    For such a worm as I?

    And of course, the answer is YES! He would and He did!
    Maybe if more church leaders and theologians had watched a little boy caring for and then freeing a worm with tender care, there would have been no reason to take offense at or to sanitize Isaac Watts’s poetic description of our deep neediness before God.

  3. I too have struggled through the years with God’s view of me. I am just now really trying to focus on His unconditional love for me. I don’t have to be perfect and I know I’m not! We can’t do anything to make him love us more and we can’t do anything to make him love us less! His love is unconditional and perfect!

  4. Grace,
    I love your son’s compassionate and tender heart – what a blessing. This world needs more people like him! Like you, I envisioned God, for a large portion of my life, as the Patriarchal scorekeeper – checking off the times I screwed up. I realize now I attributed human characteristics to God and that is a dangerous trap many fall into. The more I read of God’s patience with His people in the Old Testament, the more I have discovered that He is slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness. I immediately was drawn to Jesus from my early days in Sunday School when I loved the pictures of Jesus lovingly welcoming the little children to come to Him. One truth that has really stuck with me is when Jesus says, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” (John 12:45). Everything we see in Jesus – love, compassion, empathy, tenderness, mercy, grace, gentleness, etc., we can attribute those characteristics to God. The more I walk with Him and lean into Him, the more my old visions disappear and new truthful visions take their place. Awesome post!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  5. Thank you for the article. It helped me have a better understanding of God’s love for me. I grew up in home much like Grace’s. I wasn’t constantly getting trouble, but parents approved of very little I did. Even after I became an adult.

  6. Chills, Grace. From the beautiful simplicity of the story. Of your eyes of love toward your son. Of God’s eyes of love toward you both. We are blessed to be Loved by the source of Love itself.

  7. Love this, friend! I’m always so amazed by, so grateful for the glimpses God gives us of His character, His heart toward us — so often coming through small moments, His people, and His creation. Yes. I will think of this post and sing in the shadow of His wings this week. xx

  8. As a child I often played at my earthly father’s feet, safe and secure in the knowledge that I was protected as well as loved. As a result, often when I pray, I have the same visual of me at the feet of God, safe and secure from all alarms. It brings me great comfort to be at His feet.

  9. What a beautiful reminder!! Thank you!! I tend to see God being so done with me. I so needed the reminder that his love and grace are forever.

    Peace and Blessings to you!