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Every meaningful relationship results in disappointment at some point or another; someone always messes up. It's just part of the human condition.

But to live within the will of God is to seek reconciliation when this happens, and it's usually best if the one who messed up takes the initiative.

Oddly enough, in our relationship with God, that initiative has been taken by God. Now what shall we do in response?

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Listen

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

Isaiah 55:1-3

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Think

You are going on a road trip and stop to fuel up. What do you grab to eat? Slim Jims and Dr. Pepper? Cheese sticks and crackers? Funyuns and Cheerwine? It isn’t a road trip unless you have your favorite food, right?

I love this invitation from Isaiah – come and eat! There is a catch though. This invitation includes a reminder that what you eat is important. You know how you feel after you eat all the crud on a road trip? The same is true for our minds and hearts and souls. “Garbage in, garbage out!” is the way my mom would say it.

Our choices matter. “Eat” the good, rich, life-giving offerings from God. God’s steadfast presence will last much longer than road food fuel.

Kerri Peterson-Davis

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Pray

Fill me up, God, with food that gives me strength to follow you on the path of faith. Amen.

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Go

Don't be afraid.

Reaching out to God for forgiveness
is nothing to fear.
God is already reaching out to you
with nothing but love.

Kerri Peterson-Davis

Kerri Peterson-Davis is pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Solon, Ohio. Originally from Southern California, Kerri has also served congregations in California and Georgia. Kerri is married to the amazing Jeff Peterson-Davis and honored to be the mom of Katie.

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