The itching is intense. The rash is ugly.
I didn't go to the doctor.
I got the shot for the first bout of poison ivy of my summer
and didn't think it did much good.
But I think I've tried just about everything else--
except for bleach.
It kind of makes me think about how "mankind" has dealt with
the undeniable sin issue--
trying to compensate with good works,
attempting to break old habits,
repressing or aggressing,
sacrificing or reforming
with little progress and no actual success.
I've given up on the poison ivy situation.
Thankfully, God didn't give up on the SIN situation!
"This is love: not that we have loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the payment for our sins."
(I John 4:10)
"(H)e saved us, but not because of anything we had done to gain his approval.
Instead, because of his mercy he saved us through the washing
in which the Holy Spirit gives us new birth and renewal."