S01E27 For the Love of Cody


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Hi, you’re listening to Alabaster Jars.


I’m Bernice and the title of today’s reading is “For the Love of Cody”


The key verse for today is from Luke chapter 15 verse 31


It says, (pause) ““‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”

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The first time I saw Cody—quiet, strong and with a deep look of longing in his eyes—I knew he’d be mine. And from that first look we shared, I knew he was a different kind of a dog. He never wanted to play. He never wagged his tail. He’d just sit in the backyard, looking forlorn. Abuse probably accounted for most of his sadness, and the signs of it were many—scars on his side from deep cuts that should have been stitched up; a mouth with four missing teeth; and a missing toe on his hind foot.


He simply wasn’t a happy dog. He would skulk past us when we let him in from the outside; he never lay at our feet; he never played with us. The worst part was he’d run away from home any time he wanted. Sometimes he would come back; but more often we had to spend hours driving around calling for him and searching to no avail. Each time he was found, a kind person would call and we would go pick him up. While he seemed happy to see us, always jumped right into the car and rode home with his head sticking out the window, he’d run away again.


Then came the time when my husband, Michael, was diagnosed with cancer and we had to take extended trips to Portland for treatment and surgeries. When we returned home from one of our trips, we were surprised by an excited and happy welcome from Cody. He raced up and down the house, stopping by Michael’s chair to be petted and then raced around some more. He seemed truly happy to see us.


Not too long ago after that, I opened the door to the garage door to do a load of laundry and was amazed at what I saw. The large garage door that opened to the outside was fully open, but Cody had not run away. He was sprawled at the open door, looking at the world out there, but with no desire to run away. He looked at me and then looked out the garage door as if to say, ”I’m ready to stay.”


I could only think of how often we are like Cody. We come to God abused by our past, deprived of a loving relationship, hurt and afraid. And even though we know God can be trusted, we get scared and run away. But every time we return home, the door’s open and He’s waiting for us with open arms. And every time, He hopes we have come home to stay


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