I Still Want You For My Son
by Sherry Hoffcastle
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The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
I Want You For My Son
The highest compliment I’ve ever received was from a woman named Sandy Nelson. I stopped by the church to ask if anybody needed any grunt work done because I was bored at home. Sandy gave me the job of decorating the high school bulletin board. While I set about my task we started talking about life and the things we believed and didn’t believe in. I had known Sandy from the adult choir we both sang in, and I knew her younger son from the high school choir I sang in the year before. I sincerely liked this woman. When I was around her I felt special and loved and safe and I soaked it up like rain in the desert. I felt like she was a woman who had seen a lot of hurt in her life but had not allowed herself to become bitter. She was a mother who loved her children unconditionally simply because they were hers. I saw empathy and selflessness in her eyes and I wished with all my being that I had a mother like her.
As we talked about our lives she startled me with this question.
“Sherry, are you single?”
“Actually, I’m not. I just got engaged. Why do you ask?”
Disappointment etched her pretty face.
“It’s just that my older son is new to this area and home on leave from the military. You are just the kind of person I would want my son to date.”
I sat in stunned silence. “You want me to date your son?”
“I think you’d be perfect for him. You are everything I hope he finds someday. It’s really too bad that you’re engaged. But at least I can tell him what to look for now.”
I tried to shrug off the compliment, chalking it up to ignorance. This woman knew nothing about the current condition of my life, of the utter brokenness and downward spiral toward self- destruction that was about to take place. It was difficult for me to find a single thing to like about myself, yet this woman claimed to see enough good things to want me for her son. I went to bed crying that night, trying to shake off what she said. In the simplest terms she said I was worthy. I was worth being loved by someone precious to her.
To this day I’ve never received a higher compliment from any person but I still hear it everyday from my God. My God thinks I am worthy.
“I want you for my Son. No matter how broken, abused, or battered your life is- no matter how badly you mess up, disobey, or walk away- I still want you for my Son.”
I never did marry the guy I was engaged to and I never dated Sandy’s son. But I learned to set my standards a little higher. If someone who hardly knows me can see something beautiful, shouldn’t I offer myself the same courtesy? And even more, shouldn’t I accept what’s being offered and take the Son by the hand and give him everything? After all, I’m worth being loved by someone special. And so are you.
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Sherry this is absolutely uplifting. Thanks for sharing this precious story. I must admit in my past that I lowered my standards because I didn't feel worthy of something higher. I speak in respect to relationship. This article caused me to reflect a little deeper. God bless you for sharing it, and Merry Christmas to you and your family. I'm singing at church Suday. Please pray that God will flow through me as I sing His praise....Sincerely, Randy Gene
Darling, isn't it just like you to bring me to tears? You are one of the most beautiful people I have ever had the pleasure to call friend. And it isn't in your face or your hair........... It is your obedient and loving heart... a rarity. Always, I am stunned by the voice that so clearly says to me "I still want you for My Son." I miss reading your works. I hate that I'm so far behind. But how timely IS God!!!!!!!
Oh, but Sherry, you are Beloved and Blessed and Worthy because of the One whose name you carry. You are a Daughter of the King and I am so glad that you are my sister. Great food for thought.
What's amazing about God's love is that we don't have to prove ourselves worthy to be loved by Him. He loves us just the way we are. You are loved, you are worthy, you are a Princess in His sight. And I am so honored to call you my sister in Christ. What a beautiful, heartfelt devotional! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Gloria