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Life's Ripples from Broad Ripple United Methodist Church by Rev. Timothy Rasmussen
posted: Apr. 30, 2010
When I met my wife she was living in Louisville, home of the Kentucky Derby. That whole week before derby is one huge festival and she used to love going to all the activities down on the river and then going to watch the horses run. There is a strength, beauty, and freedom in watching those large animals that she grew up around.
The bad part is that they are bred for speed, and all that weight on top of those skinny legs sometimes leads to a horses demise. It is always sad to watch a horse go down on the track and then to hear that they had to put it down.
It brings to mind how we humans act with each other. There are so many times when we see people around us stumble and fall. It is a sad fact that there are people out there who do their best to keep those people down instead of helping them up. There is a sadistic pleasure in some people that enjoys destroying those who are having difficult times. There are also those who just turn their heads and try to pretend that "those people" don't count.
What a different world it would be if we, like God, were people of second chances. What if we took the time to learn truth instead of assuming and jumping to conclusions? What if we intentionally helped one person who had stumbled without regard for what the rest of the world thought about it? What would happen if we stepped outside our comfortable routine and did something radically loving? All of these things are what God calls us to do. He has given us not only second chances, but thirds, fourths, fifths. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .so be thankful and express that thanks by helping someone who needs you today. Shalom.
Tim has been a United Methodist Pastor since 1973 and has been at Broad Ripple United Methodist since 2003. Email your questions/comments to tim@BroadRippleGazette.com