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Pastor: Rev. Ken Forbes

The Psalmist says in Psalm 42 these words: “God drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” (vs.2) Like many kids raised during the 1960’s and 1970’s I spent my late teens and early twenties questioning my my faith, struggling with God, sometimes pushing back against the rules, even rebelling at times as a good Christian – Presbyterian boy could. Mine was a rebellion that was, by the worlds’s standards, quite unremarkable. Still, my behavior, which I thought was an exercise of freedom, was actually getting self-destructive.

Thankfully, I had a moment in my life when I turned around and said, “Lord, I’m yours.” And I just ask for forgiveness and love. Then the Lord’s Spirit just embraced me and whipsered in my mind saying: “You are in good hands Ken.” So the Lord pulled me from the miry bog I was in, and we began again. Perhaps you have a similar story – you once were totally lost, but now you are found. Maybe you didn’t grow up in a family of faith, so you didn’t so much rebel as simply stayed lost, until the Lord pulled you out of the pit – it could have been a certain crowd you hung around or the rat race in the working world or a spouse that wasn’t good for you at all! Maybe your self-destruction was more hair-raising than mine. Here’s the thing: even if we can point to a time when Jesus Christ rescued us from messing ourselves up and the bad choices we made, even if we repented and changed and began again, we still are in need of daily rescue by God from various things like arguments in your family, squabbles on different committees, dealing with a friend who drinks too much or dealing with a credit card lifestyle, but we can still be tempted like Jesus was by Satan in the wilderness. Sometimes to sin like pride, gossip, or jealousy. Everyday we need Jesus to set our feet on the rock of His Love, to walk beside us wherever we go, to keep our steps secure.

Friends we need to remember we’ve been pulled from the pit, and friends, have mercy on those who are still stuck in the mud. Encourage them to get out of it and help them out, to get out of the miry bog with love and friendship. Especially during this Lenten season. In Jesus’ Love, Pastor Ken

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