Guest Blogger: Kristen Jones
My parents would walk me from our cottage on Poplar Avenue toward the middle of town. Apparently, I’d cry heartily whenever it was time to turn back toward the quieter part of town, never wanting to be far away from the action.
As time went on it wasn’t the hustle and bustle, but rather the peace and quiet of the lakeshore that drew me. To a child, and a rather solitary one at that, the lake looked as encompassing as an ocean, and though I saw only a friendly sailboat or two, my child’s imagination said there could, in fact, be pirates out there.
As the years passed, the lakeshore continued to lure me; time after time. Through many chapters of life I’ve found answers in those waves.
I’ve searched the blue expanse for explanations and reasons that I couldn’t find on my own, and couldn’t be silent long enough to hear. Questions answered, forgiveness sought and given.
No, it wasn’t the lake that held the answers, but an ever-encompassing God – present at the lakeshore, and in every bright and dark corner of our existence, offering a respite from the rages of life, and forgiving us for not always having grace enough to hear.
4 25So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not make room for the devil. 28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
5 1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. –Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2