March 14

PSALM 107:1-16

Do we have to talk about mistakes? Oh, the messes I’ve made because I can’t hold my tongue or I blurt out words I’m later sorry I said. Will I ever learn? Can I please live a mistake-free life?

One lifeline for me is a daily walk, my time with God. I usually start by pouring out a jumble of thoughts and emotions, and end with a single plea: water! All that sweat and effort over 4.5 miles makes my messy life seem so simple and clear. That’s what God teaches me in Psalm 107 about mistakes. Not even my worst foibles can separate me from his love. All the regret and shame I feel when I fail allows God to bring me water— living water—so I can discern what is right and true. God’s love and forgiveness restores me. It’s a miracle, really. My heavy heart becomes hopeful again with his assuring love.

Father, no matter what mistakes we’ve made, help us to drink your living water, so we can move past regret and shame, and focus on learning and giving thanks. AMEN.

About the Author

Mary Rhodes | I am a retired journalist with a passion for swimming and reading theology. I am constantly challenged at Winnetka Covenant Church to grow and spiritually mature. In its fellowship, teaching, and singing, I find Jesus. I am married to a retired Navy dentist, and my son is just beginning his Navy tour as a dentist, so I’m outnumbered. My big dream is to take part in the 2021 Senior Olympics in the 500-yard freestyle (last place is okay!) I also love writing up oral histories for elderly friends. It’s a privilege to tell their stories and trace the hand of God in their lives.

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