Saturday, March 12, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Numbers 35:9-10

The Lord said to Moses ...
"When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
designate cities of refuge to which people can flee
if they have killed someone accidentally."
Numbers 35:9-10
 
Surely you've heard the phrases, "accidents happen!"
 
They do.
 
And with these cities of refuge, God established a place for grace. The cities of refuge provided for two things: 1) protection, and 2) with protection, the gift of time. God's plan for his people was to allow enough time to let tempers calm and forgiveness to happen.
 
Hopefully you've witnessed time healing a few wounds.
 
What are some wounds for it is about time for you to take a step and initiate a little healing?
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who's had to cry
"accidents happen" ... a lot
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I have wished for a city of refuge to escape to. But, I am witnessing time healing wounds ... for some wounds the time has been 20+ years.

Accidents do happen ... simple accidents, tragic accidents, but all accidents just the same.   Can they have been prevented? Many times yes, but not until you look back at all the details and see where something went wrong. Is it always easy to forgive someone for causing or contributing to a tragic accident? No. In our society people are too often punished severely for accidents. Maybe a city or time of refuge would help decrease the knee jerk reactions and severe punishments (aka frivolous lawsuits) in our society.

We need to exercise more grace ... I need to learn to accept and give more grace. That is our city of refuge ... covered in God's grace.

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