And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.Mark 11:25
Day 21: Isolation began Friday the 13th for us under the recommendation of our family doctor in order to lessen the chance that we’d contract the COVID-19 virus. This hasn’t been a huge change for our family, because when you’ve got a chronic illness and mobility issues, you don’t go to the store like an average American and you don’t socialize like the average American (sometimes you don’t socialize at all).
Yet the entire ordeal and gravity of the situation haven’t escaped our minds, emotions, and spirits. Luckily we’ve been blessed with beautiful spring weather for a few days. Today wasn’t sunny like it had been and was a bit cooler. The sun battled the cloudy sprinkles for domination of the day. When you’re under an unusual stress, the weather can have more of an effect on your mood and spirit.
This morning during my Bible and meditation time, I was reminded of forgiveness. I don’t know about your home and family, but in ours, it seems like, on cloudy, rainy days, we’re more able to get feelings hurt, have misunderstandings, and become offended. Now, the annoyances and frustrations are blown up by the fact that we’re all stuck in this place together. We’ve lost our freedom–or have we?
Remember that forgiveness sets us free even when in physical chains or a cell. Remember the forgiveness He showed and continues to show us. Then we’re better equipped to show forgiveness to others, thus, being free ourselves. Unforgiveness isn’t holding the offender in bondage. It holds the offended person locked up emotionally. Do it long enough and it affects and infects your mind and body.
Our Prayer: Holy Spirit, empower us to forgive all of those around us both in our homes and in our work and virtual communicates. Help us to forgive as we deepen our understanding of the magnitude of the forgiveness bot