“A winner is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
I didn’t realize it, but I’ve been thinking about the story of David in the Bible lately. The quote I used in my morning view was about him hearing Goliath’s voice snd not being afraid like everyone else and just does what he has to do. With God’s help.
Then yesterday, our Rector, Jim Simons at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Rector (on 381, just outside of Ligonier) HERES a link to the website presented a sermon the just made my mind explode. REALLY. If you are looking for someone to make things clear, he does. In 15 minutes or less. Every week. Without fail.
As a recovering Catholic, I wake up every day just knowing that I’m guilty of something. My Catholic education was built on guilt and fear. No question. No doubt. Why even try. I heard something about forgiveness but it seemed unachievable. The nuns kept that part under wraps. All they worried about was the pronunciation of us kids from Pgh and how we pronounced word “trespass”. Thats a story for another day. We memorized by rote, the prayers. We knew the service forwards and backwards. Books? Were there church books? There may have been but they were never opened. It was some kind of badge of honor never to look at the prayer books.
So imagine my surprise when Fr. Simons gets up there yesterday on his pulpit and tells the story of David after he is king and sits in his palace, but instead of going to war with his army, David looks out of his window and sees Bathsheba bathing on the roof. You’ve heard the story, but did you realize that it was a story of unimaginable forgiveness? That was on a need to know basis by the nuns too.
I can’t explain it nearly as well as the Rector so here’s a LINK to the earlier service which is live streamed. I hope it’s the same sermon. He has an amazing way of making everything relatable to real life. He first tells of how he relates the story to a group of Sunday school teenage students, then how he figures out why she’s taking a bath on the roof in the first place. From there he weaves in the the story of Corrie Ten Boom and her incredible story of forgiving her Nazi concentration camp guard.
I almost started to cry. Yes my eyes teared up and my throat closed. For real. I think with that story and the interpretation, my limbic system became unblocked. It must have been. I keep thinking about the gift of God’s forgiveness. In that passage, David commits murder, adultery, he covets, and steals. HE breaks 4 of the 10 commandments and and when he realizes what he’s done, he admits it and God forgives him. Not only does he forgive him, but he rewards him by making the son of the adulterous relationship… I’ll let you listen and hear for yourself using the links above.
Just say the Lord’s Prayer. Every time we say it, we’re forgiven. We don’t even have to be so formal. God knows our hearts. Then we forgive those who trespass against us too. Just like God forgives us. Who do we think we are that WE can’t forgive. Incredible!
Today’s a busy day. I have to focus! I’ve got a beautiful rug to work on and a full day ahead. We had the grand dog yesterday and he’s a sweetie. I’ll tell you about our day tomorrow. We had an adventure and yes, I’m wearing my #SierraTankDress. Day whatever!
What’s on your agenda?
Look how busy! The eyes are looking great. Thanks to Dr. Dan.
In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day and forgive someone!