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I did a thing, as they now say. Actually, I did a bad thing. I confess. I did it. But I really didn’t mean to. And I’m not writing about this to ask for forgiveness. I’ve already done that.

My daughter and I are both sentimental girls and I had the thought of giving away part of something she had stored at my house. For the moment, I forgot she was saving it all for her daughters. When I brought my idea to her attention, it hurt her because she didn’t want any of it given away. For that brief moment I forgot why I was storing it. I didn’t mean to hurt her, and I didn’t do it on purpose. I would never do that! I believe it was my first true senior moment. That’s not an excuse though. But it is sad how “we hurt the ones we love the most.” Even unintentionally.

 

This phrase is used so much. It has even been made into a song. There are several reasons why people “hurt the ones they love the most,” one being by accident like my situation. And there are therapeutic remedies listed for this if you google it, but I have yet to find its origin or first source which seems strange since I have heard it for most of my life, and like I mentioned earlier, I am now a senior.

So, I decided I must look at this phrase from a different view. Aren’t we so blessed, and so glad God doesn’t follow it Himself? He doesn’t hurt the ones He loves the most. On the contrary, He loves unbelievably the ones He loves the most. Which is us! God loves us all. And God takes care of the ones He loves.

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God took care of Moses when He had him take Israel out of Egypt. God took care of Noah as he built the ark from God’s instructions. And we know Abraham took his son, Isaac, to be sacrificed from God’s own instructions and God didn’t hurt them. He took care of them. These examples, along with others, show and tell us how God loves us so much. He even takes care of us in whatever we go through if we hear and obey. The Bible tells us so. And remember another quote, “Love heals all wounds.” God does this too, through His love and forgiveness.

 

John 3:16-17,

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him

should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world

to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

 

I asked my daughter to forgive me for my “senior moment” and she did. And I’ve asked God to forgive me for all my moments and He did. And I’ve been working so hard to exercise my mind and focus my thoughts on God’s ways to maybe prolong any more of those moments.

 

We must be on guard. And especially during those times we’re together more with the ones we love, our family, friends, and loved ones.  It’s easy to hurt someone, even unintentionally. But it’s also easy to say we’re sorry.

 

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I Did a Thing
by Carole Gilbert
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