Lucy Enter, a wonderful member here at New Calvary Baptist Church, made the following statement more than once: "If you go to church long enough, someone will hurt your feelings. When this happens, you have to build a bridge and get over it."
Powerful statement, isn't it?!
We're human. That means we fail and hurt each other. Some times we mean to. Other times we don't. Either way, it happens.
When this takes place, we can freeze in our tracks with bitterness. Holding a grudge immobilizes us. Or we can forgive and let go of the resentment we feel. At this moment, we can move forward with our lives and leave that anger behind.
Lucy passed away a few days ago. A few hours ago, I preached the sermon for her memorial service. As I sit here tonight, I have her wise statement on my mind. "Build a bridge and get over it." That's good advice for us all. When it comes to the pain we feel from mistreatment, it's best to forgive and move on.
Thank you, Lucy. You taught us much through your actions and words. Now enjoy your new life up there. I look forward to the day when we get to see you again.