pricked a hopeful possibility. I glimpsed the prospect of
freedom, joy, and fulfillment as this word picture captured my
imagination. A vision of a God who laughed and delighted in
me while I ran through this field with abandon was painted.
Such a connection with God seemed so elusive to me, yet it
was quite seductive. That was the kind of faith experience my
heart desired.
This grace-laden perspective created a small opening
within my heart. Maybe there was another way to experience
faith and do life. I don’t have to be a repeater. Though there
would be many years and much hard work required before
significant shift happened, this was a starting point. “Like
running through a field” often whispered to my parched soul
and offered hope as I sought to make peace within and
There is an Old Testament oft repeated message that
falls in the category of “I really wish the Bible didn’t say that.”
In Numbers, it goes like this: “The Lord is slow to anger, and
abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and
transgression, but by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the
iniquity of the parents upon the children to the third and the
fourth generation.”3
It is the very last phrase that causes discomfort. Those
who know Hebrew or Greek say that English often doesn’t
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