One of the good things about this lockdown is that most of us are still allowed to go out and do exercise every day. As an unfit overweight older man this is a bit of a challenge but I’m guessing that you kids run about like mad.
Do you ever get dirty shoes?
It’s so easy when you run around to get tangled up in stuff. Things have a habit of sticking to us. Mud, bracken, briars and pollen. I even had a sheep tick stuck to me once.
Things stick to us when we run.
The Bible describes life as a race ( Hebrews 12 v 1 – 2 )
It says that as we try to live a good life for God things can easily tangle us up.
The things that we do wrong like lying or being unkind trip us up.
Bad things that people say or do to us trip us up.
Cruel words can stick to us for years.
The Bible calls this sin.
The good news is that because Jesus died on the cross we can be untied and disentangled from the sin that so easily entangles us. We can come to him and he will set us free from the wrong things that we have done and also heal us from the damage that others have done to us.
Have you been tangled this week? Done things you know were wrong? Spoken harsh words? Thought nasty things? Have things stuck to you? Fear, sadness, memories of harm?
Draw near to Jesus.
Let us Pray:
Dear Jesus. Thank you that because you lived as a human in this world you understand our failings and fears. Thank you that we can draw near to you.
Forgive us now the things that we have done wrong, that cause us to stumble.
Heal us from the hurts and wounds that others have labelled us with.
Set us free to run the race of life with you as our guide and helper.
Know that you are forgiven
Know that you are loved.