Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Holiday Confusion

Forget the gifts you got but really didn't want. Stop shaking your head about the gifts from a friend who you thought knew you, yet the gifts imply you've never met. The most perplexing thing that happens this time of year is the NFL Playoff Picture.

Yes, Virginia, the Cowboys are still alive! The phrase, "If the season ended today" ought to be stricken from the language. The season didn't end today. It ends Sunday.

Yet, for at least two weeks sportscasters and other prognosticators have been laying out various possibilities for the playoffs. If this team wins, those two teams win or tie, and this other team losed by more than 10 but less than 20 points, then YOUR TEAM is in! I got through two semesters of college calculus without thinking this hard.

Isn't it nice to know that there is something that isn't variable; that does not depend at all on what anyone else does?

God's grace, forgiveness, and promise of healing are more sure and certain than heat in August. God's love for us and over of salvation through Jesus are not dependent upon anyone else's wins, losses, or ties. In fact, the offer isn't even dependent upon your own actions. it is all at God's pleasure.

Isn't that good news!

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