One day while we were at one of Cole’s soccer games, a bee stung Chloe on her cheek.
As far as I could remember, it was the first time she’d ever been stung.
Neither Amy nor I have any allergies to bee stings, but we didn’t know whether Chloe was allergic.
Within seconds, a small welt rose on her cheek. Then her entire cheek turned red, although that may have been more from her crying than anything else.
Some of the parents of Cole’s teammates gathered around to check her out. As it turned out, several children on Cole’s team had allergic reactions to one thing or another.
These parents pulled out Benadryl liquid and Benadryl cream. One parent even produced an epi-pen and told us we could use it if Chloe had a strong reaction to the sting.
I wasn’t really all that concerned. Honestly, the parents — as well-intentioned as they were — were making me more worried and upset as they shared one horror story after another about their own children’s past allergic reactions.
Finally, an EMT walked up. One of the parents asked him to come over and check on Chloe.
He looked at her cheek and said he didn’t think she was having an allergic reaction.
He told us to put some ice on it, which we did right away, and give her some Benadryl when we got home.
The welt eventually went down and disappeared. After a few hours, there was no indication she’d even been stung.
Still, I continued to watch the site of that sting for the rest of the day. I did a lot of thinking about stings and the marks they leave behind.
In 1 Corinthians 15:55-56, Paul writes: “‘O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?’
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul says sin is like a sting that brings death. He doesn’t mean physical death, but a spiritual death or a separation from God.
Thankfully, God didn’t abandon us to our fate. Instead, he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins.
Through him, we have forgiveness of sins and victory over death.
Jesus’ death also removes the separation between us and God.
Forgiveness, victory and a restoration of our relationship with our heavenly father.
What an incredible gift!
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.