Thrice

Easter Sunday…

…the Sunday we have the most visitors and the largest attendance. I missed so many practices, that we had to drop the new song we planned to do. There was a “Maundy Thursday Service” on our regular rehearsal night. We had our final practice two weeks ago.

That is why we were in this dilemma.

We all remembered that we changed keys on “Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone.” We disagreed on which key. The guitar section practiced it in “A” and the keyboard section practiced it in “E.”

We called the singer who would lead it over and she wasn’t sure! We tried it in “A.” That was too low. We tried it in “E.” That was too high!

We decided we must have switched it to “D.” We went through it a few times and I prayed that I would remember the correct key when I started it. It took three tries, but we finally got it right.

John 21:17, “A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.” New Living Translation

Peter denied that he knew Jesus Christ three times. For each denial, Jesus gave him an opportunity to say that he didn’t just know Jesus, he loved him.

Every time we fail, Jesus will give us an opportunity to repent. “Repent” means to turn around, go the other way, or do the opposite of what we just did.

Sometimes, it is a small change…like changing keys.

Dear Father God,

I am so glad that you have patience with me. I am glad that you keep giving me chances to get it right, until I am in the place that I can be the most effective. Thank you for the sunny, spring day and the new life that is all around me. Thank you for Your sacrifice and never giving up on me.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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