Hubert and Giovanna GomezBY: GIOVANNA GOMEZ

EMAIL: giohub@gmail.com

BIBLE TEXT:  Romans 12:10: “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION:  My husband, Hubert, and I met in the summer of 1979  after our parents, who didn’t know each other, moved to newly constructed houses in nearby neighborhoods. I was 11 and he was 13. Once Hubert saw me, he decided that the best way to get to know me was to ride around on his bicycle in front of my house until I came outside.  It wasn’t the best plan but it worked. Eventually, I came outside,  we met, became best friends, and if you ask us, we will tell you the rest of the story. It’s a great story filled with teenage angst and a roller coaster of emotions.

Those of us who grew up in the late 70′s and early 80′s remember the simplicity of those times — no video games, no cell phones. We played outside until the street lights came on. Our neighborhood was no different. There was a big field by our houses where a  game of baseball was played daily.  Most of us had a baseball mitt. Others had bats and balls which were freely shared. If you didn’t have a mitt someone in the group would let you borrow theirs.

Hubert and I played endless baseball games with other neighborhood kids. No one kept score.  We didn’t have designated umpires so if a player arrived at the makeshift base at the same time he was tagged and we couldn’t figure out if it was “out” or “safe,” the matter was simply resolved by having a “do over.”  The understood rule was that the player would go to bat again and the game would continue as normal. No one bickered about whether it was really an “out” or not.  A “do over” was unanimously respected and understood  as, “we can’t agree on this so let’s do it over,  forget about it,  and keep on going.”   The “do over” kept things focused on what was most valuable: the fun, the game, and the friendships.

Do you remember playing like this too?

I’m not sure how or why we forget about the simplicity and the pureness of “do overs,” but we do and ironically, as we grow older and life becomes more complicated, we need the grace and the forgiveness of “do overs” more than when we were younger. We need to extend it just as much as we need to receive it because the ability to “let it go” does absolute wonders for our mind, our heart, and our spirit.  It renews, revitalizes, and rebuilds broken areas in our life in the most wonderful way.  It creates peace.

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” (Romans 12:10)

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18)

“Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

Let’s live the Word!  It’s good for us.

PRAYER:  Father God, thank you that because of your Son, you gave us the ultimate do over.  Holy Spirit, I ask that you never let us forget what a precious gift we have and I pray that we commit to passing on this gift to others every day of our lives.



 Giovanna Gomez was born in Puerto Rico and she has been married to Hubert, who was born in Cuba, for 29 years. They met in Orlando, Florida, and moved to Tennessee in 2014 with their children: Andrew and Rachel.  They have been attending Life since 2005. Giovanna is about to turn 50!  She is a social worker at Davidson County Juvenile Court and enjoys hiking, gardening, eating tasty food at restaurants with friends, and taking her dog, Rocky (a Black Mouth Cur) out on walks.

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