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Don't call me a blockhead, please

Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!...my times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!" David's prayer, Psalm 31:2, 15


When a family in Hastings, Fla., arrived home, they found their dog had gotten itself into a predicament, but were unable to rescue it. They called the fire department for help. Their Rottweiler puppy — “Fifi” — had gotten its head stuck in a 30-pound concrete block. When grease and soap didn’t work, their solution was to use their Jaws of Life to break the block from the inside out, and “Fifi was uninjured and is excited to be sniffing around again,” said a spokesman for St. Johns County Fire. **


A little funny, but hey, I've found myself in some places I couldn't get out of without help, haven't you? David prays for rescue twice in Psalm 31, using the Hebrew "natsal" = to snatch away, deliver, rescue, save. I counted it used in Psalms alone 39 times as a plea to God. Two "rescue"reminders, for which Chrsst-followers can be aggressively grateful:


1) "He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13-14). By our simple faith in Jesus' identity and work on our behalf, we are forever rescued.


2) "Now all y'all (plural Texan) are the body of Christ and y'all (singular Texan) are each members of it" (1 Corinthians 12:27). Because we belong to one another, need one another, and are connected to one another and to our Head, Jesus Christ, we are regularly involved in rescue -- sometimes as rescuer, sometimes as rescuee. No one has been given permission to follow Jesus alone, we are a pack, a herd, a family, a community. Next time I'm stuck, expect a call... Perry Floyd


**(RC/Florida Times-Union)

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