“Peter Doubted”
Peter doubted three times more
Than he said he’d ever do
That is good news for folks
Ordinary like me or you
Whenever doubt does come your way
Love is always there to say
Skeptics still can prove
Just look at Peter
The rock he is
The one who Jesus power gives
To build the church most true
And, Peter doubted three times more
Than he said he’d ever do
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Scripture Lesson: John 21:1-19

I’ve been on a roll lately with the shortcomers of the Bible; Judas, Thomas, Paul, Peter. (With Paul notably a bit out of order for his presence in my last post.)

Still, there are stories like these all throughout the scriptures.

I think it’s this way because God, or Love if non-churchy language is preferred, wants us to know we can all be used as restoration bringers. Just as you are. Just as I am. Perfection not required.

As I often say, “This is good news!” We follow in a long line of people who sometimes mess up. Peter is one of my favorites.

He gets it wrong as much as he gets it right. He speaks when he should listen. He’s emotional. Peter is full humanity on display. He even denies Jesus three times after saying this is something he would never do. Here he is. Today’s scripture slightly ahead now to where Jesus restores Peter’s brokenness.

I love Peter. Maybe because he’s most like me.

Jesus asks him not once but three times, symbolic of Peter’s three denials, “Peter, do you love me?” In doing so, Jesus also tells Peter to care for his sheep, meaning his people, affirming him in love.

He next foreshadows the kind of death Peter will have in following this path of Love. Peter follows anyway.

This time, something is different. Peter becomes everything Jesus calls him to be. Love does the same for us. Where we fall short, love calls us to renewed life.

Ask yourself:

Where is love calling you to renewal today?
What’s one step forward you can take?

Don’t doubt. Believe. Believe in yourself. Believe in God’s love.

It might not be easy but it is worth it.

If today is a challenge, start with focusing on yourself. How can you practice a little self love and acceptance today?

Just take it one day at a time. Try to move forward a little more each day.

If you have a day when you struggle, don’t give up believing it’s hopeless. Pick up from there. Love is still with you because love is aways with you.

Wherever you are this day, I hope you’ll join me in reflection as we share this part of our journey together and remember, in the realm of justice and love,

“Love accepts you, no exceptions.”
Peace Love and Acceptance

Notes: John 21:1-19
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+21%3A1-19&version=NIV

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