Keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Timothy 6:14 NRSV)
Charlie Brown's dog Snoopy is playing tennis. In picture one, Snoopy is shown with a brand new tennis racket. However, things are not going well. He is angry. In fact we see him throw his racket to the court, kick it and stomp on it. Finally, in great anguish he smashes it over the tennis net pole. In the final frame of the cartoon he is seen addressing a letter: "Gentlemen, under separate cover I am returning a defective tennis racket."

As someone has said, "It's not whether you win or lose that counts. It's where you place the blame."

Some of us are pretty good a blaming others, including God.

When we face the reality of our own situation, then God is there to offer a helping hand of love and grace.

Dear God, help me to face my own shortcomings, as I reach out for your hand of hope. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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