Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.”  And so said  all the disciples. — Matthew 26:35.

I am reading a book called Aftermath which is about Germany immediately after World War II. Its central theme is to explain how the general German populace dealt with the “corruption its soul and the Holocaust.”  I certainly don’t analogize Peter’s denial to the active involvement in Nazi atrocities, but I can see an ordinary German citizen remaining silent or denying association to avoid being arrested and sent to one’s death in prison camp as similar to Peter’s choice.

If we live long enough we will have those moments where we we fail to live up to a promise or obligation because of self-interest. What is interesting is that we remember Peter not for the denial, but for what he did afterwords. Peter failed his Lord, we all fail our Lord, the question is, “What do we do next?”

God always forgives, but it is up to us turn failure into our call.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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