Dear Tres Dias gang,
What a special group you are to Lyn and myself. We have been asked by Secretariat to serve in the position of Spiritual Directors for Secretariat and our Tres Dias Community again. We are happy to do that. One of the things that I will be doing is to send out meditations on a regular basis. Many blessings to each of you. Jeanie
I thought I knew—but I didn’t-
Lyn and I have shared the same bed for many years—more than what some of you are old. Over those years, we developed which side we sleep on—no matter where we share a bed.
Recently, Lyn has needed to turn over on the one side, away from me, because of the hip pain he experiences.
What I want to tell you with this scenario, is that this morning, I realized I had the wrong hip in mind! I had thought that he was turning on the bad side to ease the discomfort. Instead, he was lying on the good side to take weight off the hurting side. How could I have been that wrong?
Why is that such a big thing? Why would I share about our sleeping habits?
The Holy Spirit loudly whispered to my heart/mind, “Jeanie, that is what my people do so often. They think they know about someone and make their judgments. But, they really don’t know.”
When someone hurts us, or someone else, by word or action, we think we know. We make our judgments, and carry that story with us, and often share with others.
BUT, we really don’t know!
And, as we react to what we think we know, but really don’t, walls build up among us—even as we are part of a family, a church family, our Tres Dias family—or whomever. We lose the fellowship and unity that Christ wants us to experience.
It would be one thing if we felt misunderstood, felt hurt, or whatever by what happened and then let healing happen. But, it is when we let that hurt fester within us—don’t want to deal with that person again, tell others how wronged we have been, or some such action, that the “enemy’s walls” are erected. And, even such snow storms as we are having, can’t knock those walls down until we let Jesus heal us through His redemption.
Churches, organizations, families are broken apart over such incidents. More stories about persons who used to be part of our TD family, who became hurt and withdrew, have surfaced. Did anyone intend for that to happen? No. But it did. How do we find healing? How many over the years have we lost from our Tres Dias family because of such actions and responses?
Let us “claim” the Scripture in Ephesians 2:14. “You, Jesus, are our way of peace among our family members. You have broken down the enemy’s wall that used to separate us. All of us that used to be upset with each other are parts of You, and in that way, we have become one.”
I would guess that we have all been hurt and have hurt. Yet, the Spirit of God is always ready to mend that the world may see our love for each other and know we are His disciples.
Have a wonderful week.
Note: I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or comments.