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[Samson’s] father and mother objected. “Isn’t there even one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites you could marry?” they asked. “Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?” But Samson told his father, “Get her for me! She looks good to me.” His father and mother didn’t realize the LORD was at work in this… — Judges 14:3-4

Every parent wants the best for their child — to make right choices, avoid heartache, and have a good life.

Sometimes it just doesn’t happen regardless how much parental love, encouragement, cajoling, even prayer is applied. Sometimes God has something else planned the parents can’t imagine.

Our children are just on loan to us and only for such a short time. We love them, try to help them the best we can, then we pass them on to God and his purposes trusting He knows best and is at work.

— fritz

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“Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again …” – Judges 16

The biblical book of Judges has the story of Samson, the man who lost his strength when his hair was cut.

Of course, it was more than that. Most are familiar with the story — a man dedicated to the Lord before birth and called to service by God loses his strength through foolish choices, ending up blind in a foreign prison. Why such a sad tale of loss and regret? Samson was no role model but his story indicates something important.

Just as hair grows back with time, God’s purposes and call endures and returns — even after severe loss. The sacrifice of Christ still pays for all sin, God holds no grudges, and when call to service is given it endures if we let it. The apostle Paul put it this way,

“Looked at from the long-range perspective of God’s overall purpose … God’s gifts and God’s call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded. – Romans 11:29 (Message)

— fritz@langgang.com

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