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Topic: Christmas Cards (11/06/08)
TITLE: The Voice
By Nancy Higginson
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Looking at the sentiments inside each card , she discarded each in turn. Where were the cards that were meant for the dysfunctional families? She could not send one that spoke of happy memories of Christmases past, of childhood dreams fulfilled, of longing to be “Just like you, Mom”. She finally settled on a humorous card that was not insulting and should make her dad laugh.
Driving home her mind began to dwell on the pain of her childhood. Sadness engulfed her and gloom settled in the even the Christian music on the radio could not budge. The closer she got to home the more depressed she became.
Time to forgive them the Voice whispered.
But I forgave them years ago she thought.
Time to forgive them the Voice said.
I forgave them, I love them she thought.
Time to forgive them the Voice said once more as she pulled into her drive way.
She sat in her car for awhile, thinking of the bitterness she felt she knew the Voice was right. His word tells us He will forgive our sins and remember them no more, but she would always remember the sins committed against her. She would have to make a more conscious effort at forgiveness.
Abba, Father, she prayed Forgive me for my bitterness, for the unloving attitude, for the hardness of my heart. Help me, Lord, to forgive each time it comes to mind. Help me to know that You will use even this to your glory, even if I never see it. Thank you, Abba, for being the Voice that sets my thoughts back upon You.
She sat letting the music and peace flow over her for a few minutes more. Then she dried her tears and headed for the house. She had a Christmas card to send.
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