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Life in the Shredder


Life in the Shredder 

Dear Precious Saints of MBC

I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day.
This past week I read the story of Ben and Jackee Belnap who had been saving up cash to pay Ben's parents back for University of Utah football season tickets. They had $1,060 in an envelope ready to go, when over the weekend that envelope disappeared.
Understandably, Ben and Jackee started searching the house.
"I'm digging through the trash and she hollers and says, 'I found it,'" Ben said. "She's holding the shredder and she says, 'I think the money is in here.'"
Turns out their 2-year-old son, Leo, is familiar with their shredder and has helped his mother with shredding. "Leo helps me shred junk mail and just things with our name on it, or important documents we want to get rid of," Jackee said.
Apparently when they weren't looking, Leo sent the envelope through the shredder.
"We just, for like five minutes, we just shuffled through it, not talking. We didn't know what to do and then I broke the silence and I'm like, 'Well, this will make a great wedding story one day,'" Jackee said.
It turns out the couple might not be out all that money. There is a government office that deals with mutilated cash.
"I called the guy the next morning and he said, 'Oh, we might be able to help you here,' and I was shocked," Ben said. "He said, 'Bag it up in little Ziploc bags, mail it to D.C., and in one to two years, you'll get your money back.'"
That story reminded me that sometimes - and it can take years - God can take an event from our lives that seems lost and shredded to pieces and give it back to us new and fresh. What's more, our God is the God of the second chance! I've had to remind myself of that truth time and time again. If you find yourself beating yourself up over the past, it's time to move on.
See you Sunday,
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug