03 August 2018

Surprised by Pain ~ Forgiveness

Greetings Dear Reader,

There are wounds that seem to have healed and then something launches all of the feelings involved in the time of the wound afresh.  I came across a picture recently that should have been an innocent reminder of time gone by.  The subject of the picture was a time of fun for me.  Then I noticed something in the background that drew out another part of that time that was wretched and painful.

As I confronted the pain I felt it turn to anger.  I found my mind replaying the rage at how I was treated and the hurt I still carried from forty years ago.  The realization for me was that I had not forgiven the person who caused that pain.  I had endured the harm and then moved on but I still held resentment toward the person who did the wrong.

Sometimes when I am surprised by pain I have to admit that I have not really forgiven others.  I have to confront my own clinging to my sense of indignation and pride that I am the better person.  The need to forgive is vital to my journey.

If I indulge my anger and pride then I will fail to forgive.  Lack of forgiveness causes me to carry more than I should.  It adds burden to my journey that slows my pace and my ability to be a help to others.  I cannot fail to forgive and be loving and kind.  The two will not live together. 

When surprised by pain part of the inventory I must take is on forgiveness.  If I have not forgiven those who harm me then it will weigh on my mind and heart.  I must keep very short accounts with forgiveness.  I cannot carry the weight of not doing so. 

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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