But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)

Yup, I am a baby boomer who grew up watching black and white programs on a nineteen inch Zenith and Admiral Television sets. Yup, we referred to them as television sets back in the dark ages. I can attribute my "Yup" terminology to watching Gary Cooper in black and white classics.

Television viewing in my earlier years was limited to two channels: 3-WSYR, NBC affiliate and 5-WHEN/CBS, in Syracuse, NY. Later, I was thrilled to receive a third station, 9-WNYS/ABC. Television reception varied, depending on the direction of the antenna and weather conditions.

Many times the picture was full of static and I could barely see the program. Moving the rabbit-ears antenna and pulling down window shades to darken the room helped, but not a great deal. The stations sent out a signal but we lived too far from their television transmitters and towers.

If I distance myself from God through neglect or rebellion, my reception of his will is no longer clear. Sin separates me from the Father; yet, he sends out his message of forgiveness. I confess my sin, receive his mercy and the picture of eternity becomes sharp and clear.

Heavenly Father, I sense the seriousness of sin. My wrongs block my reception to your perfect will. Forgive me, cleanse me and give me clarity of vision and purpose.


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.