The cold bit through my heavy coat, but once inside the church, warmth greeted me. We were filled to overflowing at our church. The crowded condition reminded me of the story in the Bible where the men had to remove part of the roof to lower the crippled and sick man inside the house to receive his healing (Mark 2:4). In that moment, I too was lowered in for my healing and to find peace through worship.
A young man and new convert spoke from the pulpit. Next to me on my crowded row, a woman fed her little baby boy a bottle. He fell a sleep on the bottle nipple still in his mouth.
The preacher, my son, spoke on fumbling in life. We get back up and brush ourselves off. We continue on. As he spoke, I wrote in my Sermon notes, “Our mistakes are like steam, evaporated, but will later pour down in a rain of lessons learned and a renewal of life. Their only value, the lesson of love and incredible truths that Christ give us. We are human, but we have a greater one who loves us even if we stumble or have personal fumbles.”
He will walk with us no matter our past failures. Our focus is forgiveness of ourselves because once we bring those failures to Him, He forgets them and never recalls them. We have to move forward in faith that His grace will prevail and is bigger than any of our shortcomings. His Word will never fail us. When we put them in our heart, we find the confidence and courage we need to point others to Him. His name is Jesus. His gift incredible and free.
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