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Minister’s Corner

Lynn Beach

Brandenburg United Methodist Church

The other day I was typing out something on the Lord’s prayer and got to the part about forgive us our debts (trespasses, sins), but instead of typing debts, I ended up typing bets. This caused me to laugh. I backspaced and corrected it, but it got me thinking, “that probably isn’t a bad prayer to pray either.” Debts have to do with the things I have done wrong, bets are the things I have been looking toward, hoping in, counting on.

A bad bet can lead to a lot of debts and so I want to ask you, what are you betting on? Who are you betting on? Or maybe a better question to ask is as others look at your life, who or what would they say you are betting on? Who or what are you looking toward, hoping in, counting on?

Maybe one of the things we should do when we do find ourselves praying the prayer of forgiving our debts is to ask where was I betting that I found myself in debt. Where was I looking that made me treat that person that way? What was I hoping that made me not share what I had? What was I counting on that made me look past my neighbor or the stranger?

Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Trusting in the LORD with all your heart and leaning not on your own understanding and in all your ways acknowledging him, that’s a good bet.

Lord, forgive me my debts and forgive me my bets.