Unconditional love is what we read about in Psalms 103:12, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” A loose paraphrase of Romans 5:8 might read: “God didn’t come here from Heaven to save us because we were perfect people, but because we were sinners who needed Him.”


I have not been in jail like my son has. However, I have felt great pain because he was there. But I knew that when we adopted him we were merely stewards of his life. His being in jail was God’s way of taking over the parenting responsibilities because we couldn’t handle it. It didn’t mean that God loved him - or us - any less. In fact, it was a sign of how unconditionally God did love him. Through it all my husband and I learned how to love our son with “no strings attached.” Just like God loved us.

Alice M. McGhee and husband, Ken, live in Littleton, Colorado. Other than writing, her passions are teaching Bible studies, playing with grandchildren, and singing in the choir.