May 10: If only (2 Samuel 18; Psalm 56; Matthew 27)

The story of Absolom comes to a tragic end. Not only is it the death of a son, but it is the end of a father’s longing for a relationship with his son. If only Absolom would have reached out to his father. If only.

I’ve often wondered what would have happened if Judas had waited three more days. Instead of taking his own life, he had waited three days to hear about the resurrection. I have this thought that Judas would have been the first one to whom Jesus would have appeared. What a powerful witness it would have been if Judas has accepted forgiveness and found redemption. If only.

I guess my thoughts in reading today’s scripture is that it is not too late. It is never too late – for a broken relationship, for a broken life, for a broken heart to be healed. There is always hope. And as we will read tomorrow, God is not finished. God’s greatest work in your life and mine is yet to be.

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