Recently I’ve had friends who have lost one of their parents. I want to write this to them.
Something tonight caused me to weep. I bent over my chair and into a tub, filling it with tears and memories. And then I understood something I’ve recently asked God to help me with- forgiveness- I understood it completely.
Losing a parent is something I haven’t had to deal with; I cannot know what it truly means. I cannot know the depths of your despair, what triggers come to send you weeping. What I can know is what it means to forgive.
I felt it wipe over my eyes, through my heart, and into my soul as it happened without any coercion. That can happen for anyone, it can happen for you. Until one day you are sitting in a bathtub and wishing they could just be happy.
Possibly you may feel you need forgiveness, like I did earlier this week. Either sent in or sent out, it is all the same.
You may feel too much, that may be the reason for the heartache in the first place. It may travel too deep; bellowing from inside that it is “unreachable.” And if none of those things it may just feel like it’s too late.
But that’s what others thought when they closed a laden tomb. Despair followed with sorrow, and not quite knowledge of how to continue. No matter the painted scene on that Friday, two days later was Sunday.
We were sent here to forgive, but not just that, to be forgiven. Like this brown chair, twisting upward to my cradled body, you can be held. Arms can clasp your open wounds. There is no greater love than someone who has given his or her life for you.
Death is a reminder of that new life.
Because of Him everything that matters can never truly die and everything that hinders can be removed completely. The author of resurrection is also the author of oblivion. Let him take you and do both. He LOVES you, He is your friend, He is your redeemer. He is your Savior.
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