In the Heart

Regrets.  They are not good things to have.  Having served as a full-time pastor before, I witnessed people with many regrets.  They shared many of them with me in confidence, but you can imagine what some of them were:

  • Husbands or wives who had been unfaithful and deeply regretted it;
  • Sons or daughters who had been alienated from their parents for long, silent years;
  • Parents who were separated from their children or grandchildren for long, painful years;
  • Financial decisions that had backfired leaving a family in critical straits;
  • A woman who took a chance on a man with a flirtatious and wild background and who would up broken hearted herself when his promises to her wore off;
  • Picking up a bottle or needle again after having been clean for a while, etc.

In many such situations, there’s not much that can be done to undo the past.  We can learn from it (hopefully) so as not to make the same or similar mistakes in the present or future.  We can seek forgiveness if we’ve wronged someone…at least up to a point.

Today’s photo perplexes me.  I took it last Saturday.  I can’t tell what to make of it.  It may just be expressing a loving desire to have a lost one back again.  On the other hand, it may be that they want them back because they have regrets and it would give them a chance to make things right.  You see, we can seek forgiveness up until the point that it is too late to say the two simple words, “I’m sorry.”  After that, it is left to the living to bear the burden of the wrong…and wonder if they’ll ever have the chance to seek forgiveness.

Maybe you need to be reconciled with someone.  Don’t let it wait.  It can only lead to even greater heartbreak if you don’t take care of it while you can.

_MG_1027ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1944, 1,000 Jews left France, headed for the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the phrase “grease monkey” came from the person (usually a young boy) that would crawl up in the rafters to grease all the pulleys and belts that ran all the equipment in a blacksmith shop or machine shop.


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