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Healing and Acceptance

I met up with my good friend Sabbath afternoon and went to the park to enjoy the loveliest fall day.

While she picked up sandwiches I’d changed my bottom in the restaurant but changed my top in the car at the park. She laughed out loud at me. It was wonderful to “see” a friend during this pandemic—the isolation is one of the hardest thing for those alone and the elderly. Most topics addressing the effects of the pandemic focus on not-getting the virus. But there is a lot that can be said about the psychological effect on those who are healthy and stay cooped up inside without the benefits of friendships and socialization. At any rate, this is not the point of this note.

As my friend and I were getting ready to go our separate ways, we began talking shop and before I knew it I was talking with unexpected passion about a painful experience I had. Even as I was saying it out loud, it didn’t emotionally register with me just why it hurt as it did. Until, I read this devotional.

When I first read it, I thought the lesson was headed in a different direction. You know, it was going to talk about healing. It was about healing but also much more, and what a powerful lesson it was. I am often impressed, if not surprised, by a young woman I know in the handling of the friends and family relationships after a very acrimonious divorce. She refuses to go there, to point to all the awful things that have been done, and said about her. The friends who abandoned her, the family who could not support or even comfort her in the midst of an illness. Me, I want to jump to her defense and demand that they apologize, admit they were wrong, ask her for forgiveness. But they don’t, and I keep waiting for God to show them they must.

Compassion, and maybe it is forgiveness, is a virtue I keep struggling with. I don’t know what it looks like but here in this lesson by Lisa Terkeurst, I think I have found a kernel of understanding. Not only do I need to heal from my hurt, but I must admit my bitterness and make room for acceptance. None of us can change another person’s behavior, how they deal with disappointment and anger, hurt. On the other hand, I must “humble myself before God” and ask him for his help in my pain. I must let go and let God. His will be done, in due time and according to his divine guidance.

This devotional is a beautiful lesson in acceptance, I hope it enriches your experience. Here’s the link:

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