11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made[e] the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16 It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:11-16, New Revised Standard)
I messed up. There is no other way to say it. In a post earlier this week I invited you to join me for a time of prayer each Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. central time, to pray for students, teachers, administrators and other staff. I had good intentions but if you were online on the Perritte Memorial Facebook page, you know I wasn’t there.
When I got home from the church yesterday afternoon, I found that Cindy wasn’t feeling well (It is allergy time of year – we are pretty sure she doesn’t have Covid. She doesn’t have any symptoms). So, about 5:45, I went into the kitchen and started making supper. As I worked, the prayer time was gone. It dawned on me about 7:00 and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t find anyone still there. I am not trying to make excuses, It is what it is. And, as I already said, I messed up.
I know this is a relatively small thing but if we can’t be faithful in the little things, can God and others trust that your word stands in the big things?
So, now I ask your forgiveness. Just as we have to confess our missteps, we also need to ask forgiveness for the things we did wrong. And we all have missteps and we all have the need for confession and the humility to receive forgiveness from people we have wronged.
Confession and forgiveness is on us but just as important, at least to an extent it is for us. All I can do is ask you to forgive. I can’t make you do it. And, if you refuse, it is no longer about me, now it is about you. God tells us to confess but God also says we should forgive. If you refuse to forgive, I have done what I can and now it is on you.
Recently I watched something (I am pretty sure it was 60 Minutes) and they interviewed holocaust survivors. With each survivor they asked, “Will you forgive the Nazis?” Most said either they didn’t know if they would be able to do so. But surprising to me was the number who said yes, they could and one said, “I already have.” All I can say is “WOW!” With all the Jews of the World War II era saw and experienced, that anyone could forgive is surprising.
At the same time, however, I know that forgiving others, whether we are talking about efforts to exterminate entire groups of people or something of far less importance, forgetting a prayer time, with we confess and when we forgive, the burden is lifted from us, if we seek to let it go. If we can’t let it go, it will dog our days.
So, next week I will try again for “Mid-week Prayers for Education.” I hope you will forgive my mistake.
Seeking the Genuine.
Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.”