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Living for The Grace Moments
                                                                      August 1, 2018

Dear Friends,

I had my very own George Costanza moment. You know, George
from the Seinfeld television series? It was a moment where I had
to choose whether I would only think of myself, like George often
did, or do the right thing and consider someone else's feelings.

I love baseball. I was at Dodd Stadium for a Tiger's game last week.
It was a beautiful evening. I remember thinking to myself, "I wish
a foul ball would come my way so I could grab it as a souvenir."
Guess what? I was sitting down the first baseline and a high pop
came my way.

It bounced right behind me and I reached over and picked it up. Just
then I noticed a young boy who had come running from the next
section. He had his Tiger's hat on and his baseball glove in his hand.
He stopped when he saw that I had retrieved the ball.

His face dropped and he began to turn.  You could tell he was
disappointed that he hadn't gotten to the ball sooner. I realized I
had a split second to make a decision. I didn't even need that long.
I called out to him. "Hey, you can have it."

His smile was worth a million foul balls. He jumped up and down
and ran back to his parents to show them his trophy. Then I noticed
that everyone in the section was clapping. It was a proud moment.
I only wish I could say I always did the right thing.

Every day we have choices in what we will do and how we will act.
If you are like me, you probably have more "Costanza" moments
than you care to admit. Too often we act out of foolish pride or
selfish interests. We are the ones who walk away sad.

The good news is that when that happens, God's grace is always available
to us. Let me tell you: it is better than a foul ball. It's a home run. When
we come to him, he forgives our foolish ways. He sends us away forgiven
and knowing that we are loved.

I pray that we can all be a bit more like that when we get caught up in
a moment. Show a bit of grace to those around you and listen as the
angels begin clapping from the gates of heaven.

God bless! See you in church.  
Cal
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