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Prefab Sprout The King Of Rock 'n' Roll
Hits Album 8, Part 2 (Various Artist, Hits Album
Nerina Pallot All Bets Are Off
Year Of The Wolf, Geffen, 1
The Style Council You're The Best Thing
Classic, Universal, 6
The Shirelles Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Memories ... Are Made Of This, Dino
Alesha Dixon Do It Our Way (Play)
(CD Single), Saatchi & Saatchi, 1
Billy Idol White Wedding
Rip It Up (Various Artists), EMI
Gretchen Peters Hello Cruel World
Hello Cruel World, Scarlet Letter Records, 1
Dusty Springfield I Only Want To Be With You
Dusty- The Silver Collection, Philips
Pause For Thought
Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - One More Chance (Paul Oakenfold Mix)
(CD Single), Epic
Chris Isaak Live It Up
Beyond The Sun, Rhino, 1
R.E.M. Losing My Religion
R.E.M. - Out Of Time, Warner Bros
Maverick Sabre No One
Lonely Are The Brave, Mercury, 1
T’Pau China In Your Hand
The 80's Love Album (Various Artists, Virgin
'I Want To Wake Up With You' choice of Maria Merlihy in Rottingdean
Donny Osmond Young Love
The Very Best Of The Osmonds, Polydor
Michael Bublé Haven't Met You Yet
Crazy Love, Reprise, 1
Pause For Thought: Rev’d Alan Sorensen, Church of Scotland Minister
Like so many men before me I was asked the deadly question, “does this dress make my bahooky look big?” Being the master of wit and repartee that I am, I replied with the well known witty retort, “No, I think it’s the pies and cakes that do that…” Ah ha ha…….it only took two, maybe three weeks till she spoke to me again!
But at least she did speak to me. I can think of many other times in life when there just wasn’t the opportunity to apologise or make up.
Second chances. We all need them. The guy who invented the eraser had the human condition pretty well sized up. Undelete. It’s a God send!
And I suppose I mean that literally. That’s the Big Idea at the heart of the Christian Faith. God forgives, and gives us another chance – to get it right. And when we mess up again, well whaddaya know…he forgives, and gives us another chance.
I like that! I need that! And I expect you do too. Good, now we’re all happy.
Except…it’s a scandal. The Christian God is simply not fair. If I fail, if I do wrong – and do it again and again, surely the God of justice should simply dish out the correct punishment? It’s much cleaner, simpler.
But love is a scandal. If we love our children, when they get things wrong we don’t hold it against them forever. We love them, we want the best for them, and leaving them in a mess or only punishing them is not love.
Love is God’s stock and trade. That’s why he gives us second chances. Do you remember the old movie where Spencer Tracey plays Edison, the inventor. He’s about to show the world’s press the first electric light bulb and calls the wee office boy to bring it …and the boy drops it. I know how that boy felt! At the next unveiling – Spencer Tracey looks at the boy, and asks him to bring in the new bulb.
What effect did that second chance have on the wee boy? All I can say is, when God, or anyone, forgives me and lets me start again it doesn’t make me feel I’ve got one over on them, it heals, it uplifts – it makes me want to get it right. This “love” business is a two-way thing.
So there you have it, the get out of jail free card, the undelete button in life – God offers it. But here’s the rub, if I want God to treat me that way, what am I going to do the next time somebody lets me down, or hurts me?