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Getting over the wall

By W. Wayne Mason, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice chaplain 

The trio of friends was advancing on the obstacle course and feeling pretty good about how they were doing. Until, lying before them, there was the eight-foot wall they needed to get over. They knew they couldn’t do it individually. Some way, they needed to help each other over the wall. Through a series of pushing, boosting and pulling they were able to make it and finish the course as a team. 

How many times do we all face that daunting obstacle which challenges all of our abilities? It might be a relocation, a sudden illness, the loss of a friend or a spouse, the ceasing of a bad habit – each obstacle may require the help of someone else. 

One obstacle we all have in our lives is the wall of sin. No matter how much good we may do within this world, we will not be able to earn our forgiveness from God. We need help. That help is found in Jesus. 

1 John 5:3-5 says: “Loving God means doing what he tells us to do, and really, that isn’t hard at all; for every child of God can obey him, defeating sin and evil pleasure by trusting Christ to help him. But who could possibly fight and win this battle except by believing that Jesus is truly the Son of God?” 

The obstacles of this world and within our lives can be overcome with the assistance of our loving Savior, Jesus. 

Prayer: “Lord God, thank you for not abandoning us to the consequences of our sin. We accept the forgiveness which is found in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Amen.”

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