On this Lord’s Day I am happy to present the second submission from our sister Beth Alisan; another beautiful and very effective doggy devotional, which I am sure will be a blessing to you today. I would highly recommend subscribing to Beth’s devotional blog Lessons From A Lab , which has been a huge blessing in my own spiritual walk.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you have a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:13 (NIV)

One of my memories of our Brittany Spaniel is of the burrs that would entangle themselves in her coat after a hunt with my father and brothers.  Eventually, one of us would need to sit down and painstakingly work these burrs out of her long red and white fur. 

The first time Adi emerged from a patch of tall grass with burrs adorning her coat I grimaced at the sight, deciding to wait and tackle the problem when we got home. To my surprise, the burrs were soon gone, having slid off her short, oily coat. Now when I see a burr, I smile knowing it’s presence is short lived. 

One day I found myself thinking about these burrs and likening them to offenses. Like a burr, an offense will quickly entangle itself in our heart and mind. As time passes it becomes increasingly difficult to extract. I realized that an attitude of forgiveness is like the oily sheen on my Lab’s coat.  The offense sticks but a moment, quickly losing traction at the words, “I forgive.”

Lord, may I have Your oily sheen of forgiveness to coat my heart and mind.


29 thoughts on “Lesson from a Lab – Burrs: A Lesson on Forgiveness

  1. Lovely! And very timely: I just came in from the yard and realized that I had at least a dozen goat head sticker burrs attached to my shoes. We live in New Mexico, USA, where the burrs are strong enough to puncture bicycle tires. After I carefully removed the burrs from my shoes and safely out of reach of our inquisitive dogs, I sat down, opened my tablet, and read this.

    Don’t hold on to burrs or offences. Lesson learned!

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    1. Linda, I just looked up the goat head burr. Oh dear!!! They make our burdock burrs look like child’s play. I can only imagine the damage one of their long thorns can do when tromped on by a human, animal or even a tire. I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson. Beth

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  2. I enjoy that blog, a lot, because it’s written in the same way my brain is wired!

    Really great guest post too. Sin sticks to us, so how quick are we to deal with it?!

    Thanks, Alan, for introducing me to so many great bloggers (and church family)

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  3. Great lesson Beth and perfect song. I live the lyrics saying”I want to forgive because I want to be like You Lord” No more just because we should, or because it will improve our life but because we love Jesus snd desire to be like Him! Have a wonderful Lord’s day to both Beth and Allan.

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  4. Thanks, Beth, for a good picture for me of offenses and forgiveness. Now when I picture offense, I’ll remember the burr, and forgiveness–Adi’s oily sheen on her coat–and how I need to let the offense just fall off.

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