After the tired but grateful community celebrated Christ’s birth, the sheriff walked with Susanna to his office. A repentant Frederic Bucannon had sold property so that the Agate Beach community could build an orphanage. F.B. had returned much of the profit from the sale to Susanna. “Best surprise yet around back, Susanna Hueston,” said the sheriff.
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.”
—Matthew 2:11 KJV
Susanna remembered some of the messes she’d made in connecting with her beloved Sheriff Howie, June and the horses. She also remembered the sweet spirit of forgiveness and grace that brought healing. Not so with Frederic Bucannon, she told the Lord; yet she couldn’t seem to remember his wrongs without remembering hers.
“How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?”
—Psalm 13:2 KJV
“Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
—Proverbs 8:10, 11 KJV