Imagine you’re on death row in Huntsville, Texas. You’re guilty of a capital offense and that night you face the lethal injection. But instead of your last meal, the cell is unlocked. You’re handed a governor’s pardon. Instead of eating surrounded with guards, you eat free surrounded with your closest friends. Imagine the relief, the joy, the thankfulness. Now turn to Psalm 51 and listen to this week’s Truth Encounter. Let’s drink in the joy that the murderer David experienced when he opened his heart to God’s merciful forgiveness.
"Sleep in Heavenly Peace"--it's the final line of the first stanza of the most famous Christmas carol. It conjures up images of Currier and Ives nostalgic drawings and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but is this the peace Dr. Luke has in mind when he tells us his version of the Christmas story?