Stumbling Down the Path

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The end of today's first reading from Hosea 14 says this: "Let him who is wise understand these things; let him who is prudent know them. Straight are the paths of the LORD, in them the just walk, but sinners stumble in them."

I'm a pretty good stumbler. In the course of my life, I've broken or badly sprained both of my ankles three times each. Unfortunately, I seem to be a pretty good stumbler on the spiritual path as well.

When we are "just" (acting in accord with God's will), the Lord's path is straight. That doesn't necessarily mean it's easy, but we see the way forward. Not so when we're stuck in sin. We're blinded by our sin, and so any little obstacle will cause us to stumble. Righteousness helps us open our eyes and gives us much clearer spiritual vision, so that we can stop our stumbling and get to where God wants us to go.

Father, help us to repent, to leave sin behind that we may see more clearly the path you have set out for us. Amen.

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