The Pause That Refreshes


John 8:1-11
New Living Translation (NLT)

A Woman Caught in Adultery

8 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11 “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Cacophonous Caterwauling

What in the world is this cacophony of sound
So many voices speaking makes me dumbfound

This one is sure that the world’s not flat
But another disagrees completely with that

Some think each day the Earth grows hot
While others are screaming, “It is not!”

The Republicats think we must spend money this way
Then the Demicans holler, “It’ll be a cold day!”

The hawks all want us to go fight in a war
But the doves all say, “It’s peace we can’t ignore”

Even in sports we can’t seem to find a plan
On whether we ought to kneel or to stand

I propose we all take a needed timeout
And see if we can’t find some other route

Perhaps if we stopped for a moment to listen
We might understand the other position

We might even come to change our own mind
When we hear the facts we so abruptly declined

And maybe, just maybe in that moment of time
With what seems like no reason or rhyme

God might be able to speak to our hard hearts
With wisdom and love only He can impart

We might even come to realize how silly we’ve been
Arguing over stuff that most surely will end

And then we might be able to rest in the night
Knowing that He protects us with all of His might

©2017 by William Pierce


It is good to listen and hear another’s opinion, and to treat them with respect and grace. It is better still when we will listen to You. Help us to pause each day and wait upon You to speak to us. Your wisdom is the greatest treasure that is available to us here on Earth.

Thank You so!

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