Ben & Sheryl Newlyweds

The God of Second Chances

A FEELING OF NOSTALGIA swept over me.  I was listening to a new song I had downloaded on my IPhone.  When the song ended, the next song on the playlist, “ A Page Is Turned by Bebo Norman, began to play.  It caught me by surprise.  I had not listened to this song in a long time.  As it played, the song’s lilting tune and words mesmerized me.  My breath caught in my throat and tears formed in the corners of my eyes.  I was immediately transported back to my wedding day.  My second wedding day.

                “A Page is Turned” is a song I happened upon about the time Ben and I were getting married.  The lyrics were perfect for us.  We both had been married before.  Neither had wanted the divorce from our first marriage.  We had tried to work it out with our previous spouses, but the divorces went through anyway leaving us hurt and devastated.  When we met each other several years later, we could relate to one another because we had been through similar experiences.

                   After a short courtship, we decided to marry.  We believed God had allowed our paths to cross and was giving us a second chance.   We put God at the center of our marriage and over the years, we have grown deeper in love with Him and each other.

                           We have discovered we can weather the storms in our life if we keep our eyes focused on God.  When struggles come our way, God is the One who holds us close.  He lifts us up and strengthens our love.   Not only do we share in struggles, but we share in joys as well.  We have been blessed beyond description and are thankful.  We are grateful God is the God of second chances.

A Page is Turned – by Bebo Norman
3rd Verse and Chorus

A page is turned in this life, he’s making her his wife
And there is no secret to the source of this much life
When the grace that falls like rain is washing them again
Just a chance to somehow rise above this land

Where the God of second chance
Will pick them up and He’ll let them dance
Through a world that is not kind
And all this time they’re sharing with the One

That holds them up when they come undone
Beneath the storm, beneath the sun
And once again, here you stand
I said, once again, here you stand
Your day has come

“…in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!   I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV)

Prayer:  Dear Lord,  Thank you for being the God of second chances.  Not only in my marriage, but in many things in my life, you have given me a “do over” and I am forever grateful.  You have blessed me beyond anything I could ever imagine.

Be with those reading this post today.  If anyone is struggling with a failure of any kind, please strengthen them and give them hope.  Let them know You love them despite how they feel.  Provide them a second chance.  Bless them in some way tangible today.  Let them see You at work in their lives.  It’s in your precious Son’s name I pray, Amen.

Norman, Bebo. "A Page Is Turned". Ten Thousand Days. EMI Christian Music  Group,1999.

Photo was taken a shortly after we married in 2003.