April 30, 2017
Luke 24:13-35
1 Peter 1:17-23
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

Burning Hearts
Easter 3

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Peter Andrew Smith
"Burning Hearts" by Peter Andrew Smith
"Gospel of Salvation" by John Fitzgerald

Burning Hearts
by Peter Andrew Smith
Luke 24:13-35

Heather lined the basketball up with the net. She took a deep breath and made her shot. The ball was high and missed. She tried again. This time the ball hit the backboard and went toward the corner. Heather sighed and let the ball bounce away. This is useless. I can’t make a basket no matter how much I try. She made her way over to the bench in the empty community center gymnasium and slumped down.

“I shouldn’t even bother to try out for the team,” she muttered. “I’m useless and uncoordinated.”

“No,” said a voice from the side. “You just need more practice.”

Heather looked up to see the custodian holding her a push broom.

“Sorry, Mrs. Pelley, I didn’t think there was anyone else here.” Heather started to gather up her things. “I’ll get going.”

Mrs. Pelley shook her head. “You don’t need to go. What you need to do is lift your left hand a bit more before you shoot.”


“You’re having trouble sinking baskets because your form is off,” Mrs. Pelley said. “No reason you shouldn’t try out for the team.”

“It wouldn’t make any difference.” Heather hung her head. “I’m hopeless.”

Mrs. Pelley sat beside her. “I’ve never in my sixty years met anyone who was hopeless.”

“I can’t do anything right.”

“You’re here and you’re trying to get better. That says to me that you’re not hopeless.” Mrs. Pelley cleared her throat. “So why do you want to try out for the team? To go on the trips?”

“I’m good at dribbling and I know most of the plays. I just can’t shoot.” Heather looked up at her. “I love playing basketball.... >>Click here for the full installment.

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