The Pillow

A couple of years ago my sister gave me a pillow for Christmas.

It has to be one of the best Christmas gifts I have ever received. And it’s not even a pillow that you sleep on. It’s a decorative pillow. And I love it!

I don’t think I have ever owned a decorative pillow before. Prior to that Christmas if you had asked me if I would like to have a decorative pillow I would have surely said, “No” with little if any hesitation. But trust me when I say, I love this pillow.

In fact, I have the pillow sitting in a chair right across from my desk. I see the pillow every day. Some things that are in plain view become “invisible” after a while. They are there but because they are so familiar you don’t even notice them any more. Not so with this pillow.

It’s a nice pillow and all. The fabric is nice. The color looks good with the furniture in the office. But what’s so special about the pillow is the message that is embroidered on the front.

I smile because you are my brother.
I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it!


Every time I read the pillow I think of my big sister just laughing as she says those words. That alone makes it special.

But there is even greater significance. I think of the truth expressed in those embroidered words. You can’t pick your family. You’re stuck with whatever you happen to get. And that’s true not only with your physical family, but with the family of God as well.

I considered buying several of these pillows and sending them as “gifts” to brotherhood watchdogs who would love to eliminate me as their brother. I decided not to make the purchase for a couple of reasons. One, it would really waste money and energy on something that is not even healthy for me to dwell on. Two, deep in my heart I know better than to respond to evil with sarcastic evil.

So everyday I look at the pillow and I smile. I smile because I know that my standing with God is secure and unthreatened by any brotherhood hit man. And I laugh. I laugh because I know there is nothing any human being can do about my being their brother — whether they like it, or not.

Romans 8:31-34
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.


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