Do You Know Mary?
Do You Know Mary?
Dec 15, 2016
I recently returned home from a short vacation and was attempting to get caught up on the newspapers which had been neatly stacked on the dining room table waiting my review.
As I began scanning the first newspaper there was an obscure article lost on page 12 that caused me to pause. The title read: Woman, 72, lay dead 1 ½ years; house sold.
My first thought was how could this be possible? Where in this world would a person be forgotten for a year and a half? But there in the first line of the story my question was answered – Sandy Run, South Carolina. A town that Mary Merchant called home.
One and one-half years, which broken down is, 18 months, or 78 weeks, totaling 546 days – how could anyone be that alone, so unloved that no one would come to visit this lady? My mind had me wonder; who was Mary and what had she done so bad to be Forgotten?
I am about to pose a bit of a difficult question for you today – who have you forgotten in your life? Pause and think, can you identify that someone who you just can’t seem to forgive, or that someone you always have an excuse for not calling or visiting?
Today is the day that I want to encourage you to Reflect and Repair if you have someone who has been lost from your life. Stop focusing on the cause of your loss, and begin to remove whatever barrier is in your path. In the gospel of Matthew we read: “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins”.
You, yes only you, can take the first step to repairing the past. Focus on today, and let the past be dissolved in your heart. Follow in the footsteps of our role model Jesus who taught us how to forgive, how to love. And always remember – this is the day the Lord has made I will be glad and rejoice in it.
My Thought for Your Day
"Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:6
About the Author
Paul Minzlaff and his family have been members of Hales Corners Lutheran Church for almost 25 years. Paul has focused his service on serving as a lay worship leader as well as in men’s ministry, Ebenezer and Life coaching, and he is also currently completing a 2nd term on the Board of Directors. Paul is married to Pam and, together, they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Erika.
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