My mother was supposed to be at her 50th class reunion this past weekend. She did not go. Travel is just too hard for her and she doesn’t know how she’ll be feeling from one day to the other so she made the decision not to go. She really wanted to be there and I know she was very disappointed. There was an event on Friday night and then the dinner on Saturday night.
Friday we received some great news. She had a PET scan last week and the results came back NO CANCER. Thank you Lord! So that put us in a great mood…Mom was so relieved and you could just see the tension drain out of her face.
Then on Saturday the phone rang. She looked at the caller ID. She couldn’t believe her eyes. A friend from childhood calling after a 10 year long estrangement. 10 years. A mis-communication, a misunderstanding, something my mom DID NOT and would never have said, had ended this life-long beautiful relationship. Both parties were hurt. The friendship had ended. Done and over with. My mom mourned this friendship for all these years.
The conversation went so well, it was as if they’d never parted. I can’t tell you how happy my mom was, again her face looked like a huge burden had been lifted. There is nothing like reconnecting and forgiveness. Just like the story of the periodical son! Do you have someone you need to forgive? Are you holding a grudge and can’t even remember why anymore? Have you turned your back on someone? Do yourself a favor – RID yourself and that other person of that burden and hurt. Take the first step. Pick up the phone. Initiate an email. Do something. Life is too short to hold a grudge. Get on with it. Don’t regret not reaching out and being the bigger person. God wants us to forgive. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”