Monday, April 18, 2011

~ the way children hear it ~

"And forgive us our trash baskets
as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."

The pastor at the church we often attend is doing a series on The Lord's Prayer.
There have been lots of lessons, big and small,
 . . . like the child's version of this prayer . . .
The "trash basket" quote actually holds quite a lesson for me!
Hanging on to "trash," my own or others, is not a good thing.

This requires a decision.

~ to pray ~

... for help with the messy parts of life...

... so that something beautiful can come from it ...
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. 
~Mark Twain

Remembering the One who taught us divine forgiveness.

Wishing you love, tenderness and peace
of heart, mind and soul.



Wanda said...

What a beautiful post for this Holy Week, and what a good lesson for me too.

Love the picture of Jesus and the little lamb...I'm so glad He is my shepherd.

Rosie said...

Oh my dear friend...what a wise life lesson, we should empty the garbage on a daily basis...and thanks to HIS promise, we can do this freely. Our Father is so very GOOD.
Thank you for this perfect cuppa. May this week bring you and your beautiful family much JOY!...xoxo..Rosie

It's me said...

Beautiful Maria....praying helps a lot !!...happy love

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Maria, that was so beautiful. And as I get older, I am learning what a neighbor told my friend who was experiencing an ugly separation from her husband, but who is trying to get back together with him. The neighbor advanced in years said, "I have learned in my 50 years of marriage that there is just about nothing that you CAN'T forgive." Wow. Now that I am getting older, I think what good is there to hang on to fears that only exist in the mind, and that having a grudge is a waste of precious time on loan. THANK YOU FOR THIS MESSAGE! And for your visit sweet Maria! WE ARE GETTING SNOW TONIGHT so I hear ya about the slushy stuff....I hope you do not get any flooding! LOVE AND PEACE, Anita

dcrelief said...

You must come as a child to enter the Kingdom of heaven... this is so sweet and yet profound. Adults complicate it... children let go and let God.

I'm so glad I was led to your blog. May I borrow the photo and quote for my blog sidebar, with your name for credit? Let me know, yes or no, is okay.

Blessing, Dixie

Doreen said...

Hi Maria,
I was there and I had forgotten how "children hear it" as there were so many great messages that day, but, so glad that you have brought this one forward again and in such an inspirational way. Thank you!
See you soon.
♥ Doreen

Linda said...

Such a sweet analogy Maria. Forgiveness is such a gift for both the giver and the recipient.
I'll be praying for your son. I don't know Austin very well, but I can imagine it is all a bit overwhelming. Praying that he will find just the right place to call home.
Have a blessed Easter sweet friend.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You made me stop and think with this one. I love how you used the pictures to tell the "story".

Diana said...

It amazes me what children can teach us. This was a perfect example Maria. It was funny but we can walk away with a good lesson from it. Have a Blessed Holy week. Love Di ♥

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Sounds like a good series and such a good reminder...prayer, to let go of the trash and believe God for the beauty He will make from it.

Barb said...

You've got to love a child's way of interpreting what he/she "hears"... and it gives us some good food for thought, too.

koralee said...

Oh my sweet friend..isn't this true...I have never thought of this before. Thank you for this lovely message. Children are the best teachers...I learn something from them everyday.

Hugs for a great Tuesday evening my friend. xo

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

An uplifting post, thankyou Maria.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I could just weep over the beauty and truth in this post! I agree! I just taught a year long series of prayer~ the part I found most profound was learning about forgiveness!
Lord, forgive the trashbaskets in my life!
This post has been a blessing, my friend!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Hi Maria, I wanted to answer your kitchen questions.
I am keeping my cabinets white. And adding a white beadboard backsplash.
These are my original cabinets made in my garage by a local cabinet maker. I had 5 different firms in to give my ideas and an estimate on my kitchen, and every one said "DONT TOUCH THE CABINETS". They are like works of art, and they fit my farmhouse style home. I am having a couple of custom adjustments. Keep watching, as I share the final stages.
I LOVE my white kitchen. It does take extra upkeep to keep clean, but it is worth the extra work.
My soapstone trough sink was just delivered. I am in love!!!!!
I'll keep you posted!

Hazelmarie Elliott (Mattie) said...

Maria, I enjoyed this so much - I posted an email I received on my blog. It's another interesting interpretation straight from the child's mind.:)

Hope you have a wonderful Easter.

Bela said...

Dear Maria, I wish you and your family a happy Easter. Much love and peace and chocolate to you all!!!
Much love, Bela.

Rosie said...

Have a BLESSED Easter my dear friend, enjoying time with family and friends...HUGS and KISSES...Rosie

Hallelujah, HE HAS RISEN!