University Heights United Methodist Church

4002 Otterbein Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227 Church Office: (317) 787-5347

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Midweek Devotional


When playing the game of Monopoly, one of the best cards to have is the famous “Get Out of Jail Free” card – but when you’re playing the game of “real life,” the card doesn’t work quite so well. At least, that’s what a man in Minnesota found out recently.

He was pulled over when an officer saw he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt (and also that the car he was driving “was registered to someone who was wanted on a warrant”). Turns out the driver himself was also wanted – and as he was being searched, “the man pulled out the infamous Monopoly card.”

The card may have “provided a few laughs for law enforcement, [but] the man still landed himself in jail.”

The county sheriff’s office posted on social media about the incident, saying, “We appreciate the humor! … ‘A’ for effort!”

Isn’t it a relief that we don’t have to try card tricks on God to try and receive mercy, that we receive more than a “’A’ for effort” when we stumble and fall? As the writer of Hebrews declares, “Let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (4:16)

      The Joy Continues,

      Rev. C. Archibald Hawkins

      July 19, 2017