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DAY 42

— Read: John 20:1-18

In high school I played basketball. Since I’m taller than most girls, I played the position of forward, which means I played closest to the basket.

One time, in a tight game, I went up for an easy layup. It should have been an easy two points. But I missed. And the clock was seconds away from the end of the game. We needed those two points to win. And I missed.

But the referee called a foul on my defender. The other girl had pulled my arm when I went up for the shot. Her foul sent me to the free-throw line.

I was the best rebounder on the team. But free-throws had never been my forte. With the game on the line, I made both shots, which are worth a point each. I redeemed the two points I had missed with the layup.

Up until that point in my life, I’d never been so grateful for the chance to have a do-over.

In today’s reading, Peter gets a huge do-over. Three times he denied knowing Jesus. And three time Jesus gave Peter the chance to say, “I love You.”

“He asked him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?’

Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’ He said, ‘Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.’

‘Feed My sheep,’ Jesus said.”

I’ve needed a few do-overs in my lifetime…do-overs that were a lot more serious than a couple points in a high school basketball game.

And Jesus has been so faithful every time to forgive me. His grace is why I return to His Word every day. Because there’s nothing in this world greater than receiving grace for a do-over you know you didn’t deserve.

To God be all the glory.


— Diving Deeper —

Have you ever needed a do-over?

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Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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