“Give me another chance, please? Just one more chance?!” Have you been asked that? Have YOU asked that? No doubt. We mess up. We’re sorry. We want a do-over, another chance to do things right. I read a book about Thomas Edison. In it was an amazing example of a second chance. Edison and his staff worked for twenty-four straight hours to put together a lightbulb prototype. Edison handed the finished product to a young helper, who nervously made his way upstairs to test it. He was obviously frightened that he might drop it. And he did! It took the team another twenty-four hours to assemble a second bulb. When it was finished, Edison gave it to the same young man. Such is the grace of forgiveness!
God is a God of grace, a God of second chances. The Bible is full of stories about people who were given a second chance by God. Remember Jonah? God told him to go to Nineveh and proclaim God’s Word so that the people wouldn’t die. They were being given a second chance. Jonah didn’t want to go! Remember the storm at sea? Remember the big fish? God gave Jonah a second chance to obey. When I read the Bible, I am encouraged to confess my sins to God and ask Him for another chance. Like Edison gave his young helper an incredible second chance, God gives frightened ME the grace of forgiveness. The September Scriptural guide has thirty references to people given a “holy do-over.” The guide is on the prayer table in the narthex and on the church’s website.
Bobbie Denny, spiritual lay leader