Let Him In

Who is God to you? Is He a name you heard about at Sunday School? Maybe your Grandparents mentioned Him around the dinner table? Is He the character you saw played by Morgan Freeman in “Bruce Almighty”?

To some people God is a list of rules, that can never be kept.

To others God is a name they call on when life is very difficult.

And to others, God is a Father figure who has given up on them a long time ago because they just can’t seem to get their act together, whatever that means… 

…because no one has their act together.  You might think they do, but humankind measures and compares, and we all fall short.

Please don’t wait around until you have your life in perfect order before you let God in. Let Him in right now in the middle of this imperfect reality.

Let Him in despite what you have heard others say, despite what you decided yesterday. Let Him in even if you’re scared He might require something of you, even if it means someone might say “I told you so”.

He will help you get to know who He is, and who you really are, and give you the peace and direction you need to maneuver in this very strange place called life.

Let Him in.

Our Past Does Not Define Us

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lyrics by Cindy Palin

Sweet Mercy

Emerging from a long line of sorrow and of rage

Curious as a child, who invited it to stay?

Long after hearts were hard, barraged by the world’s lies

Sweet Mercy had another plan in mind.

Though the journey faltered in temptation and despair

The prayers of the warriors compelled me on from there

Weak in my marrow but mighty in His might

Sweet Mercy kept the vigil day and night

And where the rage died, the peace grew

And where the sorrow tried to drown me, the joy broke through

Sweet Mercy, Sweet Mercy, Sweet Mercy

The lineage of hatred determines not your name

The blanket of oppression has no stake or claim

Though you’ll remember and mourn from time to time

Sweet mercy has another plan in mind

My past does not define me. Does yours? Look at the message of the Gospel and how Christ transformed lives. He still transforms lives today with His sweet mercy. He forgives. Have you forgiven yourself?

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God has called me heavenward in Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:13, 14

Song written by ┬ęCindy Palin/November 22/06