Short Accounts

Honeymooning, 2007 (check out our stylish shoes!)
Waxy Buildup
Saturday evening brought us discord. We’d had a busy week, we were tired, I had a little something on my heart that I decided I needed to air. Immediately. Despite our fatigue.
That little something, though, was buried under layers of minor imperfections, slights, and examples of Rich’s…well– his humanity. As I spoke, my husband’s countenance, and later, his replies, made it clear that he’d built up his own coats of memories of my shortcomings.
It wasn’t a pleasant evening and our conversation wasn’t a productive one. Despite our prayers for healing, the night that followed wasn’t a restful one.
Sunday morning we arose tired and tense. The short drive to church was silent.
Sitting in church, I focused my heart on worship. I felt all those hazy layers of saved stuff being stripped  away…and without their distortion, the matter that had originally grieved me looked pretty insignificant.
After church we talked again, but with hearts ready for resolution. Once all the crud had been buffed out, it was easy to see again a gleaming, solid foundation.
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
3 Colossians 12:15 (NLT)