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YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL TO GOD


R.C. Buckner, a big, bold and brash man, lived about 100 years ago in Texas. This imposing figure had a very tender heart for children, starting Buckner's Children's Homes all across the state. The children affectionately called him "Papa Buckner" and would run up to him every time he visited. He would always take the time to pick up each and every child and give them a hug.


One day he was visiting one of the homes and was hugging all the children gathered around him when he noticed a little girl who was standing with her face against the wall. He discovered that she had been seriously burned in an accident and had a terrible scar on her face. He went over to her and asked, "Sweetheart, don't you want Papa Buckner to hug you?"


Without turning around she snarled, "No, I'm too ugly."


Papa Buckner knelt down, picked her up in his burly arms, turned her face gently toward his, looked right into her eyes and then planted a tender kiss right on the burned portion of her face. After he kissed her, he said, "Sweetheart, you are beautiful to me, and you are beautiful to God."


Folks, the holy and awesome God of the universe bent down and kissed the scars of our sin when He sent the Savior to the world. In spite of our hideous deformities and our unholy depravity, He wraps His arms around us, turns our face toward His and says, "You are beautiful to me!"

* I've blown it, but I'm beautiful to God

* I'm flawed, but fully forgiven


(From a sermon by Mark Opperman, God's Plan For Your Good, 5/23/2011)

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