Anyone for Lemonade?

I couldn’t believe it.

I must have looked at it a dozen times, as I put the issue together. So had our copy editors and proofreaders. Our designer didn’t catch it. Neither did the printers—not that it is their job. They had sent us page proofs and we had signed off on them. But there it was—a glaring error in a headline, of all places.

92 Years and Still Going Stong!

clipping of magazine

None of us caught it until the web master uploaded the issue for the internet version. But it was too late. Like Oliver Cromwell’s portrait, Christian Odyssey had been printed “warts and all.” Unfortunately, these things happen. It wasn’t the worst typographical error I have ever allowed to slip through in my editorial career. (The worst was probably “Crucifiction.”)

Well, you know what they say: when life sends you lemons, make lemonade. I think we might be able to get two glasses of lemonade out of this sour note.

First, it serves as a reminder that it is  difficult to publish a magazine without some misprints. Many people and processes are involved, and the various computer programs we use are quite capable of misunderstanding each other. Errors will creep in, although thankfully not often as glaring as in a headline. To produce a magazine-length publication or a book that is 100% error free is like—well, it’s like trying to live a perfect, sin-free life. Fortunately, a publishing mistake is rarely fatal. However, the apostle Paul helpfully warns us that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

Fortunately,  the source of our salvation and eternal life is not subject to human error. We have a Savior who is not only the author, but also the finisher of our salvation. He will do the final “proof reading” of our lives, and because it depends on his righteousness and not ours, we can rest assured that we will be presented for eternal life “without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:27).

Perhaps we can squeeze out another parallel lesson from our editorial gaffe. Our headline should have read “Still Going Strong.” That is a cliché, and nine out of ten people I showed the page to did not notice the “r” was missing. That’s the trouble with clichés. You read them carelessly, ­assuming you know what they say.

It is the same with scriptures that become familiar to us. We tend to read over them, and in doing so, we can overlook some important details. Beginning on page 3, we have an article about the significance of the empty tomb of Jesus. We have included many of the scriptures that you’d expect to find in an article like this. I’d like to challenge you to look at them carefully. Don’t just skim over them, assuming you know what they are telling us. Our hope is that you will see some exciting aspects of the resurrection of Jesus that are often missed.

There are other articles in this issue, which we hope will help you make this Easter season inspiring and encouraging. That is what we want Christian Odyssey to be—encouraging and inspiring. Even when we make misteaks. ; )

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