Ongoing Grace –
One of the hardest acts in life is letting go of the expectation of an apology from someone who has hurt, offended us. Many times, we never receive what we are tempted to think we deserve.
Not too long ago I received a surprising apology from someone who had hurt me years ago. They asked for forgiveness and I gave it to them. However, apologies can be tricky. When someone expresses regret about an action or harmful words our ability to forgive has much to do with our place on the journey of forgiveness. Saying the words; “I forgive you.” helps but rarely completely, instantly heals the wounds.
Since the apology, there have been moments of pain when I am reminded the wounds are still healing. Times when memories are relived and the urge to fall back into negative thoughts patterns, judgmental attitudes are present. It is here, on our journey, we realize forgiveness is not a one-time act or phrase but a process, an ongoing combination of acts, words, and intent of spirit. There are seasons, moments, instances when the past impresses itself on the present. Wisdom teaches us not to ignore, resent, or seek escape but to let it be a reminder that forgiveness in an ongoing act of grace.
Catch ’em All –
I gave someone something today. It wasn’t expensive, wasn’t a sacrifice. It was simply a small gift for an upcoming community event. The person received it gracefully and enthusiastically. If we have eyes that see, random acts of kindnesses are waiting all around us to be done for the good of others. Little things that seem insignificant can make a great impact on another’s life.
I don’t fully understand the Pokemon Go (https://www.google.com/?ion=1&espv=2#q=pokemon%20go) game. As best I can figure is you go places with your phone, they pop up on your screen(?) and then you “catch” them. The more you collect, the better you become at the game, and one day someone will be recognized as the winner(?) I may not even be close with my description but I’m not sure I care.
I think it would be cool if we could design a “Kindness Go” game or app which directed people to kindnesses waiting to happen. A person needs groceries taken to their car or up a flight of stairs to their home. Another needs money to pay an unexpected bill, a piece of trash to pick up, a lawn to mow, an ear to listen, a hand to be held.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to see folks walking around looking as hard as they can for an act of kindness to be done? The reward would be a simple; “Thank you.” a warm smile, a hug, a word of encouragement or a blessing.
What a world it would be if we were able to “catch them all!”