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Big Eraser Mistakes

“Forgiveness transcends finite human reason. The mere thought that one’s entire sin account can be utterly eradicated is staggering. Yet it is quite clear that the forgiveness of sins strikes at the very core of human need and experience. It speaks of guilt gone, remorse removed, depression disappearing, and emptiness of life eradicated. What power there is in forgiveness! And it all comes abundantly from the gracious hand of God.” - Lewis Drummond

Cay and I were asked to help provide school supplies for an economically disadvantaged child in our city. We were happy to help and received a short list of what to buy.

At the store, every pencil had a pink eraser attached to the top, but we were asked to purchase two additional, large, pink erasers. That seemed odd to me – why the extra erasers? Apparently, the school anticipated a lot of mistakes! 

Best to be prepared in case errors occur.

David knew a little about making mistakes; he had made some big ones. And Psalm 51 is his ‘big eraser prayer.’ “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1). David trusted God to, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2).

None of us is immune from mistakes; we all fall short, disappointing ourselves, others, and God. But, as Christians, our mistakes don’t defeat us. God is a God of second chances. He is full of mercy, love, and compassion. We cannot make a mistake that He cannot correct. He has an Eraser that is bigger than all our sin.  


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