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example of Christian faith has played a significant role in any
positive impulse I have ever shown in this world. I can see her
standing at the kitchen sink whistling one of her favorite
hymns. On a good day she would stand there and just sing them
out loud. Some of the dishes in that sink must have come very
clean with the determined attention they received. I remember
her placing her hands on me when I
was very small, asking God to heal me from a malady I had at the
time. He did. She was kind to a fault, generous with what little
she had to give, slow to anger, quick to lift up, and slow to
put down. She was a good woman, and God blessed this earth with
her for 94 years.
And yet, this
shining example of what Christ can do in a life, had a nagging
doubt in her quiet moments. On more than one occasion she
expressed a concern she had; that God might feel she "was not
good enough". Oh, she understood that we have all gone astray
like sheep in a flock. And she understood that God sent his Son
Jesus to die for the
And I wonder if
the rest of us who call ourselves the washed, the redeemed in
Christ, don't carry a bit of this
rock too. That nagging guilt that drags along behind us.
The weight of sins past that still cling to us like superglue.
Some part of us still feels that when we stand before the
judgment seat of God, we will be pronounced a failure, a sinner,
"guilty as charged". We just haven't made the grade. St Paul
cried out in anguish one day saying something like, "Who will
deliver me from this body of death? The things that I want to
do, I don't do, and the things that I don't want to do, that is
exactly what I do."
It's time that
we, once and for all, drop the
rock. Release it. Let it go.
We are not meant to have that burden. When the
rock was rolled from the tomb,
it was also taken off our backs. The weight of sin is not for
the Christian to carry. Jesus removed every last milligram of
it. More on this next week: "How to
Drop the Rock"
"My faith looks up to Thee, Thou lamb of Calvary, Savior divine.
Now hear me while I pray, Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from
this day, be wholly Thine."
how can we comprehend that we no longer carry the guilt of our
failings? And yet we know what the scriptures teach us. Help us
to internalize the significance of what Jesus did for us in a
way that sets us free. We pray this in the name of the one who
is our advocate, Jesus. Amen