"I'll never forgive him. I told him I would never forgive him." The attractive elderly lady spoke softly, but with resolve, to the night nurse. Her expression was troubled as she turned away, focusing her eyes on the drape closing in her nursing home bed. The conversation had traveled from the temporal to the eternal and now a deep hurt had surfaced. She told of how her brother had approached her hospital bed, accusing her of taking more than her share of family heirlooms following their mother's death. He spoke of many items, ending with "the berry spoon." He said,"I want the berry spoon." For the 40 years since the parent's death he had hidden his feelings, & now they erupted. She was both hurt & angered by his accusation and vowed never to forgive him. "Its my spoon. It was given to me," she defended herself. "Hes wrong and I wont forgive him." A berry spoon. In the bed lay a woman given 2 months to live - 60 days - & she would face eternity and never see her brother again in this life. Her mind and spirit were in anguish, and her only remaining family tie was broken over a spoon. How many berry spoons are there in our lives? How many things, as insignificant as a spoon, in light of eternity, seperate us from full communion with God? How much lack of forgiveness keeps us from fellowship with others? "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." Just Something I wanted to share!!! Made me think!!!
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