Second Chances

Second Chances

A week or so ago I saw a post on an email loop I belong to about an underlying theme of her novels . . . forgiveness. 

That made me think. I’ve never given a deep consideration to a theme for my writing. But the more I thought about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I DO have one . . . second chances.

How many times do we read about second chances in the Bible? The first one that comes to mind is Noah and the flood. You know it. God got so angry about the way his human creations were heading he decided to destroy them all, with the exception of Noah and his family. A second chance for humankind.

Think of Joseph: sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph was raised to leadership in Egypt. During a severe famine in Caanan, his family went to Egypt for food and a means for survival. Another second chance.

Then in the New Testament we read about the woman about to be stoned after being caught in adultery. What did Jesus do? He saved her, forgave her, and told her to go and sin no more. A second chance at a new life.

In my debut novel, TO SEE THE SUN, my heroine is widowed when her husband dies when his vehicle plunges off the road into a deep ravine. But she is given the chance to find new love.

In my second novel, SOMEHOW, CHRISTMAS WILL COME, my heroine leaves her home to help her widowed brother and six-yr-old niece, and finds a new purpose in life.

In my contracted series of short-stories, my heroine is a bitter, 50-something widow merely existing from day to day. Then she becomes involved with a group of teenage girls stuck in the foster care system and her whole outlook on life takes a dramatic new focus. When she finds love again . . . four of those teens get a new lease on life when my heroine marries and the couple adopts them

This theme through my writing parallels my own life. After a divorce I didn’t want, God put me in a place and time where I found a new life, and a new husband to share that life with for twenty-five years.

Yes, I believe our Lord is a God of Second Chances.

What about you?

Peg Phifer About Peg Phifer

Multi-published author Peggy Blann Phifer writes a mixture of contemporary women’s fiction with three parts suspense, three parts mystery, and four parts romance, stirred up with a sprinkling of humor. Peg believes God has a sense of humor and that He intended to place laughter into our lives no matter our circumstances. Read more on her website.


  1. Janet K Brown says:

    Good thoughts, Peg. I love the story of Joseph in the Bible. My last book poses the question are we able to give a second chance to someone who’s done terrible things in life? Jesus does.

  2. I’m so glad you got your second chance as well.

  3. Hi, Janet,
    Thanks for reading my post and leaving a comment. Yes, Jesus does. It’s hard, though, for us, as fallible humans, to do that., especially if those someone’s have done wrongful things to us. When someone in the New Testament asked Jesus how many times must we forgive someone, He answered, ‘seventy-times seven.

  4. Thanks, Linda. Yes, God is good , , , ALL the time!

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