Does so much of the past year beg to be forgotten? Never to be thought of again?
Swept under the rug. Thrown out with the garbage. Burned. Buried.
...in someone else’s yard.
...in a land far, far away.
I don’t know about you, but it was the hopelessness that threatened to pull me under more than any of the other emotions.
What the past year can be is:
• learned from
I was blown away by a quick look online for the definition of redeem. Want to see it?
1. a. to buy back; repurchase
b. to get or win back
2. to free from what distresses or harms; as...
a. to free from captivity by payment of ransom
b. to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental
c. to release from blame or debt; clear
d. to free from the consequences of sin
3. to change for the better; reform
4. repair, restore
5. a. to free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby
b. (1) to remove the obligation of by payment, (2) to exchange for something of value
c. to make good; fulfill
6. a. to atone for; expiate; redeem an error
b. (1) to offset the bad effect of (2) to make worthwhile; retrieve
Together we began to redeem our marriage and our family.
None of this would have been possible without the help of God and knowledge of His redeeming love for each of us.
• God forgave us. We can forgive each other.
• God has mercy on us. We can have mercy on each other.
• God loves us. We can love each other.
We are all going to botch it some days. We all sometimes get the notes wrong.
But the song only goes wrong — when we keep thinking back to the wrong notes.
When a piece starts to fall apart — fall forward. Fall forward into the next bar.
Moving forward is what makes music.
You and I are the conductor of our lives. God has a good plan for us, the musical score. We have the privilege and responsibility to choose what we do with the plan and how we react to circumstances. There will most certainly be flubbed sections, phrases stumbled over, wrong notes. We can choose to stop, embarrassed or defeated by the flaws or press through into what’s next. Finish the song. Allow ourselves and those around us to be changed for the better by what they have experienced through the song of our lives.
Oh, how I have missed blogging this year, but I was raw; battle weary.
But, oh, I have scribbled pages and pages of Good News to share with you, my friends. My readers. In fact, I thought of you as I wrote them.
“If I’m going to go through this stinking mess,
someone else has got to get some good out of it!”
The New Year is only a few hours away and I’m ever so glad to wave good-bye to 2013.
How about you? Has this been a year to forget? How about making it a year to be redeemed? Care to join me in this journey of buying back, releasing, forgiving, rebuilding? Come on, let’s go.
I’m happy to be back. I hope you’re happy about it, too.