This is John’s brown trout catch as we began our fishing expedition on Labor Day. Cute, eh?
Denial. Betrayal. When it happens to you, it’s the pits. I distinctly remember denial and betrayal being part of the Junior High years. I could totally be having a cool conversation with a friend and then, BAM, things would go south pretty quick. Just seconds before the shift it seemed like everything was okay.
At times like those, I found that I was less likely to trust the person who turned on me. I wanted to remember the friend as they were before. That became really difficult because the friend turned on me. After that betrayal, the friend could swear on a stack of Bibles and her mother’s grave that there was no way she would dare break a another promise of keeping a friend’s secret secret. I just knew that I wasn’t going to share with her anything that I wanted to keep secret.
When I asked the friend why she broke the promise and why she shared my secret with others, she denied that she told anyone anything.
Mark 14:66-72While all this was going on, Peter was down in the courtyard. One of the Chief Priest’s servant girls came in and, seeing Peter warming himself there, looked hard at him and said, “You were with the Nazarene, Jesus.”
68He denied it: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He went out on the porch. A rooster crowed.
69-70The girl spotted him and began telling the people standing around, “He’s one of them.” He denied it again.
After a little while, the bystanders brought it up again. “You’ve got to be one of them. You’ve got ‘Galilean’ written all over you.”
71-72Now Peter got really nervous and swore, “I never laid eyes on this man you’re talking about.” Just then the rooster crowed a second time. Peter remembered how Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows twice, you’ll deny me three times.” He collapsed in tears.
We come to the story in Mark where we find Peter who is denying that he ever knew Jesus. Jesus has predicted this would happen and it wasn’t until the words were out of his mouth that Peter realized Jesus knew the truth about him more than he knew the truth about himself.
When have you entrusted a secret with someone and they abused your trust? Were you able to continue on in your relationship and grow from the experience? When has someone else entrusted a secret with you? Are you a good secret keeper? When do you know that you have out and out denied something you did when you know that you did it? Why deny it?
In Conversation with a child: Ask a child to tell you why it is important to tell the truth
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: Christina, Earl, Karen, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen
And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall
Prayer: We begin our day in you, O God. We give you thanks for the gift of friends and the gift of trust. Help us to walk in your ways and be your trustworthy people. Amen
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