I’m sure that after 52 years of marriage, they’ve had plenty to forgive each for. But when they talked about forgiveness, it wasn’t with any sense of embarrassment or resentment. They talked about it with the wisdom of experience.
In preparing for Sunday’s message, I was thinking about Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was likely just a teenager when she received the angelic news that she was going to be pregnant with the Messiah. You might think that should be a ticket to an easier life (being the Messiah’s mom should have plenty of perks, right?), but I don’t think it was.
Here’s my American Thanksgiving paraphrase: When you are enjoying all the good gifts God has blessed you with—a land with freedom you didn’t have to die for, infrastructure you didn’t build, inventions you didn’t design, and opportunities you didn’t create—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who has blessed you so richly.
Please don’t misconstrue what I’m saying. Pray about everything. But at some point, you can’t just pray. You need to act! You must be a doer of the Word (James 1:22).