The other day in church, before the service started, I noticed two children playing a game which had occupied many hours for my sister and me when we were children. We called it “ Hangman’s noose.” Blank spaces were drawn at the bottom of the page denoting the number of letters in a particular word. The object was to figure out the word before too many incorrect letters were guessed, for each incorrect letter required a body part be drawn of a person who would hang from the noose. (Who ever thought up this game??) There were the head, arms, and legs to be drawn in, and then depending upon the rule of the day eyes ,ears, nose, mouth, fingers and perhaps toes.
Let’s play the game today, with a little variation. Today my word has 6 letters. __ __ __ __ __ __. Rather than letters, however, we will use six important factors to fill in the spaces. When we have these six things we can be sure we will not be hung by Satan. He will not strangle us with his noose of sin, which separates us from God.
The truth is, we only need one factor, and the rest are items to keep us on the right path of the Christian life. The number one thing required is salvation, gained by recognizing we are sinners and accepting the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. The 2nd factor is allowing Jesus to be the Lord of our lives. Then we need to pray, read the Bible, nurture Christian friendships and worship God at a church of your choosing.
I am sure you know my word is CHRIST- the living son of God. He came into this world to rescue us from Satan’s grasp, and I am forever grateful.
Thank you, dear Lord, for children in the sanctuary where I worship . Thank you that such a weird little paper game could give me this glimpse from you. You are one awesome God!!!
Marion Smith Noles65@aoil.com