Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Maylan Schurch
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Shelley and I have lived in our current home for 15 years. ‘Way back when we moved in, we discovered to our delight that the neighborhood was great for walking, so we explored it thoroughly.

Early on, we would walk through a grassy area near a water retention pond. And we noticed a lot of blue plastic beads lying at one spot on the path, maybe from a kid’s necklace which had broken. I never bothered to examine them—and the kid never stopped to gather them up–but I remember thinking These beads aren’t biodegradable—they won’t just melt away.

Fast forward a decade and a half to a couple of weeks ago. Shelley and I were on the same path, and a blink of blue caught my eye. Sure enough, those same blue beads were still there. Grass and other foliage had died and been reborn again and again, snow had covered the ground and then melted, rainstorms had pounded them, but they’re just as round and blue as the day they were made.

I guess you could add these beads to the long list of other examples of how permanent our thoughtless words and deeds can be to a sensitive heart.

Do you need to forgive someone? Do you need to ask someone to forgive you? Think of it as humbly collecting beads, gathering them back to yourself by heartfelt apology. Want to hear Bible advice about how forgiveness works and why it’s so eternally important? Click the link just below.