Bridging the hurt

Divisive hurt within a family is the worst kind of hurt there is. Bonds that are forged in blood are only broken with great effort and pains. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.

There is an old French proverb that states, “God save me from him I trust.” Trust is a very fragile commodity; one that is often dropped and broken even by the best of friends. When we are faced with the prospect of rebuilding a trust that has been severely shattered, it can be a daunting task.

I am reminded of the story of two brothers who had not spoken for many years. The Father had given them adjoining land, they had built houses and farmed their land and raised their families together. But! There had been disappointment and misunderstanding between them. They had not spoken to each other in many years. One day the one brother won the lottery. He talked to the local carpenter and told him to build a big fence between his property and his brother’s. But the carpenter had known the old man and the old woman and told the brother that they would have wanted them to love one another. The angry brother ordered the wood and then flew off for a vacation. For many days the carpenter built. He started building a bridge across the creek. Slowly, each board went together and soon the bridge was finished. The angry brother pulled in his drive way from his vacation, and his other brother walked across the bridge and greeted him on his return. They hugged and cried. They talked and remembered their old gray haired Momma and Daddy. The brother start- ed back across the bridge and said, “Come on over, eat with us tonight.” Love’s bridge had overcome years of distrust. If the carpenter had built a wall, distrust would have overcome any possibility of love. (author unknown.)

Divisive hurt within a family is the worst kind of hurt there is. Bonds that are forged in blood are only broken with great effort and pains. However, once broken, they burst asunder with an explosive force, catapulting brother from brother, husband from wife, and child from parent. The prophet Micah declares-- “Guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your embrace.” He is reminding each of us that distrust can develop, even between spouses; that such distrust can often lead to suspicion and hatred. “Guard your mouth . . .” Strive to control your tongue, especially when you are speak- ing with those you love. When sin invades a family and trust is jeopardized, there is only one thing to do; build a bridge, not a wall. It won’t be easy and it will require work. But when you use the materials that God has made available to you, His Word and His love, you will be building something solid.

Is there a bridge that needs building in your life today? Pray that God, with the toolbox of His love, will help you build it strong, straight, and sturdy. Forgiveness bridges hurt and makes a pathway for the aching heart.

We pray. Heavenly Father, there are many things in this life that cause us hurt; many that require our forgiveness of the one who has hurt us. But, when someone in our own family hurts us forgiveness can be at an even greater premium. Family hurt is the worst kind of hurt, Lord, and we often find it nearly impossible to put that away. Forgive us Lord when we decide that a family hurt can’t be forgiven. Remind us Lord that everyone deserves our forgiveness, especially those near to us. Fix our hurt Lord and give us a healed heart capable of forgiving those who ought never to hurt us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)

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