Name and Claim it Without Complaining
Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan, had an envelope returned to him last week. He threw a storm of lightning and thundering irritation and grumbling over his ‘return to sender,’ letter. It was due to a mistake on his part, but he blamed Canada Post that his letter came back and that he had to send it out again. Ed had filled out the address by memory. He had written on the envelope a wrong postal code. “The postal code was not off by much,” Ed told me in disgust. I didn’t comment as I knew it would be six months to a year before the storm clouds disappeared over his returned letter.
Many of us repeatedly chew on little and big grievance like a dog on a bone. Offenses and sins committed against us are not easy to forget or forgive. The more we chew on them, the bigger they grow. God sent Jesus his Son into our world as an eternal answer to endless prayers concerning the devastation of sin and death troubling us.