A SECOND CHANCE
Read John 7:53–8: 11
Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your
way, and from now on do not sin again.”
I often think back to mistakes I made both in the distant
past and just yesterday. Why did I make that stupid remark?
Why did I gossip about
another person? And then
I start thinking about larger
life choices: wrong turns I
have taken or times when I
have done self-destructive
Then I think of how Jesus treated the woman caught
in adultery in today’s reading. First he protected her from
certain death at the hands of authorities by asking them to
consider their own sins. And then, amazingly, he didn’t
condemn her. Jesus gave her a second chance and the opportunity to learn from her mistakes.
When I do something I know is harmful to myself or
others, I can remember that Jesus refrains from judging me,
but calls me to make better decisions and sin no more. He
gives me a second chance — and sometimes many more than
that — every time.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for giving us second chances
to follow your ways. Help us to learn from our mistakes as we
seek to follow you more faithfully. Amen.
Abigail Gary (New Jersey)
Prayer Focus: THOSE STRUGGLING TO
— John 8: 11 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
Jesus always offers me a