Walking away is difficult, but it happens every day. Wives muster up courage to leave abusive husbands. People put toxic friendships behind them. Employees leave companies that reward or accept unethical behavior. If counseling or dialogue or whistle-blowing doesn’t improve the situation, we may be left with no choice except to go. It’s different with God. Just as Paul counseled the Gentiles that God hadn’t rejected the Israelites despite their unbelief,so he doesn’t reject us no matter how many times we offend him. With God, there is always a choice. If we are humble and contrite and try harder the next time, his call and his gifts are forever available.

Lord, I am full of gratitude for the gifts you continue to offer despite my frailties’.

Melanie Rigney