Welcome, my friends, to Memoir Monday!
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As we enter the Lenten season fully, I find this verse penned by Emily Dickinson especially true. Especially poignant. And so, I reflect.....
"Tell all the truth
But tell it slant
Success in circuit lies."
Who knows what called The Belle of Amherst to these words. Was it deep and painful? Or were the words jotted superficially? We'll never know the cause, but we feel their impact upon us as we reread and relive them.
Her words, beautiful, cause me to ponder other words, not so beautiful. And very not-truthful words in a recent painful episode. People can hurt. And deeply.
And the truth? Most importantly, The Truth? It gets jumbled, twisted, til it no longer exists. Words stain. Sometimes. Ugly stains.
Avoidance over candor, chosen.
Carelessly. Once inflicted, not erased. No, not easily. Smudges, stains remain.
And this is Lent: The refused offer when approached, of bridging, of fixing, of making the hole, whole.
And this is Lent : Begging the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
How to follow where the Holy Spirit leads? Continued prayers. For reparation. For healing. For the ability and the grace to forgive. For the grace not to hurt others as we've been hurt.
And to live a life that is honorable, that gives glory to God.
Minds free from judging. Hearts free from burden.
For God will salvage the charred ruins. He will redeem. In time.
Not an especially upbeat reflection, but it is Lent and this is what is paramount as my family moves forward. As I reflect. As I live Lent.
Now, it's your turn. You have no idea just how much your words mean and how inspirational you can be. We are eagerly anticipating your stories, your heart, your thoughts.
Until next time,
Have a lovely day,
(The above cross is used from this site.. )