Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long. (Psalms 23:6 NRSV)

Gerald Hill tells about a friend of his who was serving in a mission church in Alaska. The water was so bad in this particular Alaskan community that a thick red scum would appear over the top of it. This little mission congregation was in the process of building a new church building. The baptistry [a small pool in the sanctuary] was installed and being used even though the building was not complete.

On this particular occasion, the baptistry had been filled, and the red scum had appeared. It would be skimmed off on Sunday morning before the service began. The building inspector happened to show up and began to inspect the premises. "What is this red rug doing back here?" he asked as he stepped onto the red scum, and immediately he went out of sight into the baptistry! True story.

Yes, we need to watch our step, but we also must be willing to take risks for the sake of Christ's kingdom. What risks do you need to take?

Dear God, thank you for those who have taken risks in order that I might know you. Help me to do the same. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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