A Box of Love: It’s a time of reflection and memories

Published 5:06 pm Sunday, October 15, 2023

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A box of love

Mary Simmons

“They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise; therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.” — Isaiah 26:14.

Isaiah’s words remind us that there are memories worth cherishing and others that are best left behind, so that we may move forward towards a brighter future.

Sometimes we lie in bed, and out of nowhere, harmful memories from our past come flooding back. It’s like Satan appears to make everything worse. Childhood memories like name-calling can resurface, and we realize how hurtful words can be. As children, we were often told that words could never hurt us and that it takes sticks and stones to break our bones. But as we grow older, we realize how little we knew back then.

It’s important to acknowledge that words can be hurtful, despite what some people may say. Anyone who denies this simply hasn’t experienced it themselves. While some words can be uplifting and inspiring, others can leave deep emotional wounds that take a long time to heal.

Our mouths are often considered the most dangerous part of our body, as we can let our tongues run wild and say things we regret later. It’s important to be mindful of the power of our words and how they can impact those around us. Once spoken, words cannot be taken back, and the damage they cause can be long-lasting. Each day we must ask Jesus to help us control our tongue so that we will not say something to hurt another.

Never forget that we are beloved children of God, and He has a specific purpose and plan for our lives. Even when we feel lost or uncertain, trust that God is with us every step of the way and will guide us toward our destiny.

In times of hardship, remember that God’s love and grace are infinite and unchanging. He is always there to comfort us, heal our wounds, and lift us up when we fall.

As we go through our day, take a moment to pause and reflect on the blessings in our lives. Give thanks to God for all that He has provided, and trust that He will continue to provide for you in the future.

Remember that we are never alone and that God’s love and presence are always with us. Take comfort in knowing that no matter what challenges we face, we have the strength and support of a loving God to help us overcome them.

Be blessed in Jesus’ name.

Mary Simmons is a columnist for The Kenbridge-Victoria Dispatch. She can be reached at aboxoflove37@gmail.com.