Second Chance Brackets

You shall say to them, Thus says the LORD:      When people fall, do they not get up again?           If they go astray, do they not turn back? Why then has this people turned away           in perpetual backsliding?      They have held fast to deceit,           they have refused to return. I have given heed and listened,           but they do not speak honestly;      no one repents of wickedness,           saying, “What have I done!” Jere…

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Thirsty

I don't know if this has come up before, but I'm a bit of a bicyclist! I remember so clearly one race I had done a few years ago. It was the first race of the season, and I was really only doing it to get myself ready for the rest of the season that was coming. I had no goals, no desires, no stated outcomes that I wanted to accomplish with this race, just finish in one piece and I'd be happy.…

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Too Tired to Rest

We live in such a fast-paced, often harried, world. We are constantly running someplace to get something done. Driving to work I am amazed daily at the drivers who swerve in and out of lanes, exceeding the speed limits, only to get one or two car lengths ahead of me. At those moments I wonder what is so urgent that they are willing to risk their safety and that of those sharing the road with…

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Truth and Justice

Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look around and take note! Search its squares and see if you can find one person who acts justly and seeks truth—so that I may pardon Jerusalem (Jeremiah 5:1) Superman’s motto was, for many years, “Truth, justice, and the American way.” Millions of American youth, including me, grew up with the notion that, if truth and justice were not the same thing a…

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Hold Our Hand

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” These first words of Psalm 27 reminded me of an experience I used to have now and again when my kids were small. See if this sounds at all familiar to you… We would find ourselves, on occasion, in situations that one or more of the kids found a little unsettling. Perhaps waiti…

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