"Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: The Lord's unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise." (Lamentations 3:21-23)
Okay, you're right - it's either the north end of a bird flying south or the south end of a bird flying north. Take your pick. I didn't crop the head out of the picture. I just missed it altogether. I've learned with my new incarnation in photography that in order to get "the perfect shot" I usually mess up several others. Thank goodness for digital cameras. If I were still using film the cost of so many botched photos would end my photographic meanderings and you'd not be seeing much of Wednesday Wonderings.
I've seen a lot of dramas on TV and movies where the hero proclaims, "Failure is not an option." I find that failure is always an option. I don't want to fail, I don't like to fail, I hope I don't fail, I do everything within my power not to fail, but failure is an option and a reality. I have failed in the past and will fail in the future. I can either choose to live in the fear of failure or the hope of possibilities. I choose hope and possibilities knowing that failure may be a lesson along the way, but joy is the reward of the journey.
My choice is possible because of one thing and one thing alone. I know that when I do fail, there is something else that does not fail - God's love for me. I will fail, but God will forgive, instruct, redeem, and renew. The experience of that never-failing love is what gives me the courage to choose a path of hope and possibilities over fear of failure and stagnation. We call this never-failing love, "grace." I give thanks for God's grace when I fail and pray for divine help to extend that grace to others in their failings. How about you?
Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia
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