Racoon? Cougar? That scoundrel F.B.? Susanna could think of far worse things than losing a hat on the trail, but she begged Sam to help her find Sheriff Howie’s hat. Sam suggested prayer first; Susanna agreed.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
—Ephesians 4:32 KJV
Susanna kept busy; busy meant less time to think. The fog of Agate Beach rolled over her heart and hid hope. Susanna thought God’s way made no sense. She stumbled over wanting to remember, and wanting to forget.
“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”
—Eccelesiastes 9:5 KJV
“And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word:
But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.”
—Numbers 14:17-21 KJV