Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dying, to Forgive (E-thought, 07/22/14)

"They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow." Psalm 144:4 (NIV)

A few days ago, I was 'Right There' when a brother and sister were caught in an uncomfortable moment from the pain and confusion of an argument, old and deep and real. Probably no way the wounds could have been patched up right there, right then, but I hope they will be and believe they will be. Hope is a good thing.

Most of us have been in similar situations. Sometimes it takes hard, unforgiving clarity to make the human heart understand how draining and wasteful and useless such standoffs are in the light of eternity.

This week I had a friend who escaped death in a horrible auto accident. I stood by my uncle's grave. And I stood by the grave of his grandson, forever a toddler. Another friend lost a newborn granddaughter who'd shown no sign of being in danger before her birth.

Even when the time is long, the time is short. Sometimes the only thing that will buy today's time, otherwise wasted, is a humble heart that will forgive, even when the forgiveness is undeserved and unasked for. It's not easy, but Christ showed us perfectly how that can be done, and how life comes after such a sacrifice.

Maybe today we can choose, for at least a small while, just to be happy breathing air, to be happy being alive, while it's still not too late to start living.

"Do everything in love." 1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV)