Lost at Sea?

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Last week a New Jersey fisherman found a plastic bag full of letters in the surf off Atlantic City.  There were about 300 letters in the bag -- some dating back to the early 1970's -- all addressed to the Reverend Grady Cooper, now deceased.  Many of the letters asked for prayer, and perhaps the most poignant came from a distraught school girl: "Lord, I know that I have had an abortion and I killed one of our angels. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about the mistake I made."

The girl hoped that Rev. Cooper would forward her prayer to God.  Did the pastor ever get her letter?  Was her prayer ever answered?

The truth, of course, is that the school girl didn't need a minister to serve as her mediator with God.  There is, we know, only one mediator between God and humanity: Jesus Christ.  And we may go directly to him with all our prayer requests, including any desperate plea for forgiveness.

But I like to think that the girl's prayer was answered all the same.  For in the words of her prayer she was crying out to God, and any sincere prayer for mercy will not be lost at sea; it will reach the shores of God's grace.
Posted November 9, 2006 @ 8:22 AM by Phil Ryken
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