The Joey Chronicles – Philemon / “Oceans of Grace”
When Pastor John was growing up he had an
imaginary friend named Joey.
These are growing up stories told from Joey's point of view!
“Mom, it’s too hot!”
“I know dear. If you want to put on your swimsuit and wear it around the house, you can.”
“When are they going to fix our air conditioning?”
“Next week, dear.”
“But it will be Christmas and snowing by then. We need it fixed now!”
Joey was not having one of his better days. In fact, Joey was downright grumpy. And hot. And sweaty. And too tired to even go out and play with his friends.
He had told everybody how much he loved the heat. But this was too much.
“Joey, let’s get you out of your grumpy mood. I want you to go down to Mr. Adams house and see how he is doing in this heat.”
“But Mom, he’s old! And it’s too hot. And you know his dog Grace pooped on our lawn three times last week.”
“I know,” chuckled Joey’s Mom, “and you had to pick up all three messes didn’t you? But remember that Mr. Adams called us and apologized and said he would do his best to keep Grace in his yard.”
“Still…” said Joey.
Joey’s Mom sat down on a stool in front of the window fan. Wiping her brow she looked Joey in the eyes and said, “Mr. Adams shouldn’t have let Grace get loose. And you shouldn’t have had to pick up all those messes. But Mr. Adams said he was sorry. Do we forgive him or not?”
Joey thought for a minute.
“I guess so. But do I have to go down there?”
“Yes. In fact, by forgiving Mr. Adams and seeing how he is feeling in this heat, you might even have a better day yourself!”
Soon Joey knocked on Mr. Adam’s door.
“Hi Joey! I’ve kept Grace from getting out two days in a row. Pretty good, huh?”
Joey scratched Grace behind the ears and said, “Are you OK? With all this heat, I mean? Mom wanted me to come check on you.”
“Joey, I’m doing just fine. I have an air conditioner in the window and I am staying real close.”
“You have air conditioning?” Joey said.
“I was just going to get a Coke and play a game on my Xbox” Mr. Adams said with a grin. “Would you like to join me?”
“You have an Xbox? But you’re too old!”, Joey blurted before he could stop himself.
“Yep. I’m way too old to not have some fun every now and then. Now call your Mom to make sure it’s ok and let’s play a game!”
In the Book of Philemon Paul asks his friend Philemon to forgive his employee Onesimus for running away and stealing from him. Paul said Onesimus was sorry for what he did and that Philemon would be the one who would benefit the most by forgiving and showing God’s grace to Onesimus.
Not Mr. Adam’s Grace. But God’s grace, which is even better!