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 Submitting Appeal With Documentation
Lord, I have made a major mistake
Resulting in penalties now at stake
When I was asked a specific question
My response was the wrong information

Upon completion of the four day assignment
I was to notify agency and seek new placement
When I stated I did not contact the job agency
Law says I left without good cause voluntarily

I sense the Holy Spirit reminded me so clearly
Little details of my conversation with the agency
Yet I do not know if I made the call the same day
If it was the next week, would it be noted a delay

By emailing the State Tuesday it was my desire
To find out why this claim once again transpired
I did not receive a direct response to my inquiry
But a link provided cleared up some controversy

I was referred to a specific code of law legislation
My answers and by employer led to determination
Although the circumstances still remain unknown
I can better understand the legal terminology alone

Lord, as I have finished the statement of my appeal
With supporting documents I am now ready to mail
I have admitted my error and the truth proclaimed
Use what I have written as honoring to Your name

Lord, I leave this whole situation in Your hands
I know You are in control and have a divine plan
Guide me every step and fill me with Your peace
May Your will be done through truth and justice

© Carol S. 11/10/11

NOTE:  Below is a devotional by Max Lucado entitled Second Chances.
This appeal I am submitting today represents my second chance only
from a human perspective, which is governed by laws and regulations.  
But God has this whole situation completely under control and He never
gives up on any of us, no matter how many times we make mistakes.

Second Chances by Max Lucado 11/10/11 excerpt from www.maxlucado.com

It was small enough to overlook. Only two words. I know I'd read that passage a
hundred times. But I'd never seen it.
 
But I won't miss it again. It's highlighted in yellow and underlined in red.
You might want to do the same. Look in Mark, chapter 16. Get your pencil
ready and enjoy this jewel in the seventh verse (here it comes). The verse
reads like this: "But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going
before you to Galilee."
 
Did you see it? Read it again. (This time I bracketed the words.)
 
"But go, tell his disciples {and Peter} that he is going before you to Galilee."

Now tell me if that's not a hidden treasure.

If I might paraphrase the words, "Don't stay here, go tell the disciples," a pause,
then a smile, "and especially tell Peter, that he is going before you to Galilee."

What a line. It's as if all of heaven had watched Peter fall—and it's as if all
of heaven wanted to help him back up again. "Be sure and tell Peter that he's not
left out. Tell him that one failure doesn't make a flop."

Whew!

No wonder they call it the gospel of the second chance.

Those who know these types of things say that the Gospel of Mark is really the
transcribed notes and dictated thoughts of Peter. If this is true, then it was
Peter himself who included these two words! And if these really are his words,
I can't help but imagine that the old fisherman had to brush away a tear and
swallow a lump when he got to this point in the story.

It's not every day that you get a second chance. Peter must have known that.
The next time he saw Jesus, he got so excited that he barely got his britches
on before he jumped into the cold water of the Sea of Galilee. It was also
enough, so they say, to cause this backwoods Galilean to carry the gospel of
the second chance all the way to Rome where they killed him. If you've ever
wondered what would cause a man to be willing to be crucified upside down,
maybe now you know.

It's not every day that you find someone who will give you a second chance
--much less someone who will give you a second chance every day.

But in Jesus, Peter found both.


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