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Forgive Me Father
... for I Have Sinned
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One of the most difficult things that
we do in life is to admit that we were wrong. It is going through that
process of realizing that we don't have all the answers and then
realizing we didn't even know the questions we all find rather
I must admit, I felt I knew a lot more
of the answers to life when I was younger than I am today.
So, what is all this self-reflection
My son and daughter have both grown up
and moved out of the house. They both are struggling to make their way
in life, making poor choices and not interested in the simple advice
from dad. I don't think there is anything harder than to watch your
child go through difficult times, and realize that there is very
little you can do.
It is not until we realize we DON'T
have all the answers that we finally begin to understand life. This
principle is the same in our religious perspective.
As Christians we feel as if we have the
answers to life that Jewish folks need. We have our answers before we
even understand what the questions are. Our views are all neatly tied
up and put into just the right size box that we can store on our
life's shelf. We move through life making unnecessary mistakes because
we refuse to admit we don't know everything; we don't have all the
A simple and honest look at history and
at the Bible SHOULD help us see things correctly but we have been
looking through our upside-down lenses for so long we do not
understand how backward we have been.
According to what I see written in
prophecy, it is the northern kingdom that has been lost. I find no
place where the northern kingdom comes back so they can teach the
For those who believe that they are
part of the returning Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, it is time to realize
that we (the northern kingdom) are not the ones with the answers. We
are the prodigal son; we are NOT the faithful son. We, however, have
been away for so long that we honestly believe that WE are the ones to
save the day.
Until we reach into our own hearts and
begin to understand how terribly off track we have been, our road back
will continue to be a distant one. Not until we can come before God
and confess, "Forgive me Father, for I have sinned", will we be able
to begin the journey home.
God tells us that the answers are well
within our reach, if only we are willing to see them.
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