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From the Playbook:

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13

Coach’s Challenge:

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle—victorious.” Vince Lombardi

The favorite son was home again. I stood in Lambeau Field July 18, 2015, as Brett Favre walked out the tunnel amidst the deafening five-minute standing ovation. The cheering crowd, 67,000 strong, welcomed him back to the place known as his kingdom for sixteen seasons. Brett’s eyes filled with tears as he said, “If there were any doubts before, there’s not any now.”

Like the prodigal son, he felt unsure if he would be welcomed back. Some fans had crossed him off years before. Others never did. Either way, that day all was forgiven, and once more Brett belonged to us, the Packer nation.

“Playing at Lambeau Field, running out of the tunnel . . . there’s nothing like it on this earth. I’ve also run out of that [visitor] tunnel, and that was scary.”

Brett played against the Green Bay Packers when he was a Minnesota Viking . . . a distasteful event to Packer fans. At this homecoming, however, we reclaimed our ownership of Brett Favre as one of the greatest quarterbacks in all of football. He was home and inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame. Not only that, but we retired his number 4 at the same time. No one else would wear that number except for all the fans who still love to wear the Favre jersey.

Second chances. Restoration. God is so big on that. And so were the Packer fans. When Brett spoke about his induction into the Hall of Fame, he said out of all those he needed to thank there was “none more important than God. My faith has gotten stronger as I’ve gotten older.”

As time goes by, are you bigger on second chances and restoration like God is? Do you fear you might be unwelcomed by God, as Brett wondered if Packer fans would reject him? Not one person in the world is ineligible for God’s forgiveness and restoration. Jesus came to seek and save the lost.

Can you extend a second chance to others who’ve offended you? Want to be like God? Forgive and restore. Want to know God? Accept His forgiveness and restoration.

Your Turn

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Who do you need to welcome home with forgiveness?

by Judy DeCharme

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Judy DuCharme became a Packer fanatic in 1984. Through her Cheesehead Devotional series, she uses Packer events to lead readers into God s presence. Sometimes humorous and sometimes serious, Judy shows us that walking with God is as fun as watching a Packer game. Learn more about Judy at judithducharme.com.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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