Yes, I have 5 sisters. Just as I typed the first sentence, I realized that I've never said that out loud before. My 5th sister's name is Kendra and she's about to become a bride. She is also a brand new blogger. "My time to shine."
My dad bought 4 copies of my book and gave one to her. Immediately after reading it, she text me to say that she had never realized how much we had in common. She was truly inspired and admitted that she has some unfinished works of her own that she'd like to put to print. I told her that although I've been writing since 7th grade, blogging helped me to ease the fear that I may never publish a book. How wrong was I? It not only helped me to make peace with my past, it led me to submit my work and finally let go of my perception of what others thought of me.
Now she has decided to blog about her life's journey in hopes to free herself of somethings that have kept her from her true happiness. In the end, don't we all want to be happy? Well, once again, after I've typed something, I oftentimes have a revelation. I want JOY. Happiness is fleeting and I think deep down inside, we all want JOY. It is constant and it is something that humans simply cannot give us.
My sister and I met in 2003 at my dad's house. That was the year that I found my birth father and discovered that I had a sister and a brother named Farron. I have to be honest and say that she and I didn't really hit it off and over time, we didn't really keep in touch. I think it was the initial shock, followed by the 5 investigative questions, "Who, what, when, why and how?"
After the big celebration and welcome mat, I went back to my normal life. My normal life included four sisters, "Maria, Marty, Holly & Kim" and a lot of busyness. Truly, was I that busy? After all, isn't family supposed to be the glue that holds us together? Isn't the old saying, "Friends and lovers come and go, but like it or not, family ain't going nowhere?" (I just made that up) lol
Are there any wounds from your past that need revisiting? Is there any unfinished business that needs addressing? Are you holding out for an apology that you may never get?
Let's make a conscious decision to go back there, to go back and talk, listen and make peace. We don't have to agree, we don't even have to visit afterwards, but we should at least acknowledge the fact that no one is perfect and if our God can forgive us, who are we to hold a grudge?
I for one am glad that she and I are at peace with our past and making plans for our future. For me, I've discovered that LOVE is not as easy as the Bible makes it seem, but the reward is certainly worth the effort.
Here's a toast to forgiveness!
Love and peace