Forgiveness and Sacrifice – Always Something To Celebrate

Mar 18th

                                                  Holy Humor – Cartoon of the Day

Supreme Sacrifice Day  – Throughout  our lives we have either known someone, or heard of someone, who has given the ultimate, or supreme, sacrifice for the good of other people.  That is what this celebration is about,  recognizing that ultimate sacrifice and honoring those who made it without thought for themselves.  History is filled with examples of people who offered the supreme sacrifice for other people. Here are a few examples of these people:

  • Jesus Christ gave the supreme sacrifice when he died on the cross for us.
  • Soldiers in battle gave their lives to protect our freedom, our way of life, and to keep us safe.
  • Fireman and police officers have given their lives in the line of duty, while saving and/or protecting people.
  • Parents sacrifice their lives so their children can live.
  • The list goes on and on and on.
Today is a day to reflect and offer thanks and appreciation to those who made the supreme sacrifice for us.

 

Goddess of Fertility Day  – though I do not believe in, nor actually celebrate, days like this one, it is an interesting bit of history that I am not very familiar with, so perhaps you’ll think it is interesting too.  This day celebrates Aphrodite and other gods and goddesses of fertility. In ancient times, many cultures had multiple gods and goddesses. Each one represented various aspects of life. The ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite was by far the most well known goddess of fertility. People would pray and make offerings to Aphrodite when seeking to create a family.  For people who actually follow these beliefs, those looking to have a family may find today to be the perfect day to try, but if they are trying to AVOID having a family, or increase the size of their family, they may wish to practice abstinence today.

Awkward Moments Day     – We’ve all experienced awkward moments.  Some people may be having a few today if they had a few too many green beers or cocktails yesterday at their Saint Patrick’s Day celebration.  If you are feeling a bit on the awkward side today, this is the day for you!  This day celebrates those embarrassing moments that most of us would prefer to forget.  Whoever it was that created this day probably had a doozy of an awkward moment themselves, or knew someone else who did and started this out in their honor.  Here are a few examples of awkward moments I found listed on a couple of different websites . . . do you have any stories to tell that could top them?

  • You lean in for the big moment – the highly anticipated first kiss. But much to your dismay, the   special person on the receiving end doesn’t reciprocate!
  • You’ve been planning it for months – the big proposal. All your friends, family members, neighbors and even a few strangers all know about it. It goes off without a hitch and after you pop the question, she says no.
  • You make a quick run to the store to pick up that one ingredient when you see someone you know that ALWAYS looks awesome.  They come over to say hi and you realize you are wearing your worst clothes, you didn’t brush your hair, and didn’t bother putting on any make-up. 
  • You sure do look familiar! You bump into someone on the street but for the life of you, you just can’t remember his or her name.  What’s worse, they remember yours!
  • You’re stopped at the stop light and you just can’t resist. You go on a digging expedition in the old nose until you notice the horrified expressions from the folks in the carpool in the next lane!  (GROSS!)
  • Despite the fact you studied all week, your mind goes completely blank when you take the big exam.
  • You’re giving a speech and forget the words. (worse! I lost my voice once in front of a crowd of nearly 300 people!)
  • You are on a crowded elevator and you feel it coming. But no matter how hard you try, it happens. You pass gas – and it’s not a “silent” one either! Blaming it on the stranger standing next to you is probably your best bet!  (Why can’t we have our dogs with us ALL the time?)
  • You swore you parked your car in row 22. But after 30 minutes of searching and asking a slew of strangers for assistance, it turns out you parked your car in row two.
  • Walking in on someone while they are “indisposed” is just plain awkward!
  • Realizing your zipper is down and nobody said one single word!

Those are a few that I found online.  Here’s one of my own – and my gosh – awkward indeed!  I was 19 years old, my daughter was 3 months old, and I had to go back to work.  I got a new job as a bank teller in a local bank and was nervous about starting anyway, but more so because I was breast feeding my baby.  One very hot summer day, while wearing a silk blouse, I accidentally dropped an important piece to my pump in the toilet (this was before there were laws about providing a decent place for mommies to do this).  So, I figured I only had a few hours to go, I fixed myself up as best I could, and went back to my window.  The air conditioning in the bank was broken that day, and everyone was sweating up a storm – we were all miserable.  A man came up to my window and was acting very strange, red in the face and wouldn’t look me in the eye.  I couldn’t figure out what was going on! The poor guy raced away the second I finished helping him.  My friend came over and told me to look down.  I was literally soaked from upper chest level down to my waist – my padding had overflowed.  I was MORTIFIED!  All this time I thought I was just sweaty!  I quickly closed out my window, threw on a sweater even though it was hot, closed out and reconciled my drawer as quickly as I could, and called someone to come get me to take me home since it was too early for my ride to get off work yet.  AWKWARD!  That poor man who was at my window? He NEVER came back to my window again, even if he had to stand in a long line.  I can’t say I blame him – I wouldn’t want to have to look him in the face either.

Forgive Mom and Dad Day – Parents are not perfect.  I think we can all attest to that.  If we have parents we can probably list a bunch of things that they did growing up that made us mad, hurt our feelings, changed our lives for the not-so-great, etc.  Some kids have a normal life and their parents do most everything pretty OK, with a few clunker moments thrown in for good measure, but some parents are abusive, neglectful, manipulative, etc.  Sometimes the hurts run so deep that we can’t seem to get past the resentment and the littlest thing they do can set us off, or make us cry.  The baggage we pack throughout our childhood can be a heavy load to carry, and today is the day we can unpack some of that baggage.  You see, holding a grudge, nurturing the hurts, this is heavy stuff and it weighs down our hearts and spirits.  By forgiving our parents today, or at least conceding that they are human and kids don’t come with an operator’s manual, you can lighten your load and lift your spirit.  Sometimes just letting go of the harsh words that may have been said can open our hearts in a new way.  If you are a parent yourself you may find that, even though you never wanted to, you may be committing some of the same mistakes with your kids that your parents made with you!  I’m sure you’ll want your children to forgive you, so it’s only right to try to forgive yours too.   Why would someone think that such a holiday would be a good thing to have?  Young children are very humble.  When they are corrected or disciplined, they don’t hold a grudge.  When they cry they want to be held by their parents, but as they grow up they lose that humility and begin to feel resentful. Children live what they learn – and by watching their parents they learn how to be adults and parents themselves.  If we teach them to hold grudges by OUR actions, then we are teaching them that this is OK to do, and they’ll repeat that behavior and even pass it on to their own children someday.  A good example of something we may have had done to us  and may be doing to our kids, is to re-hash things that they have done in the past, while correcting them for something they have just done.  The two infractions may not have even the slightest connection, but by bringing up something old to yell at them about right along with the new infraction – you are teaching them that we have a lack of forgiveness, and how to hold on to a grudge.  When parents argue with each other, and aren’t respectful or kind to each other, we are teaching that to our children. If we break promises to our kids, then they are learning that they cannot trust us.  Kids may want to forgive, but because of how they were raised, they just don’t know how to forgive.   One way to set things straight is to ask your children for forgiveness, especially for the things that have hurt them the most.  The process begins with you, and trickles down to the kids.  Speak respectfully to each other, and to the children.  They will learn to speak respectfully as a result.  Taking responsibility for our actions, rather than placing blame on other people, teaches our children that same sense of responsibility. Forgive the people in your life every single day.  Jesus forgave us our sins, we need to forgive others theirs.  It will bring peace, calm, humility and serenity to your lives.  I lived with hurt and the inability to forgive for many years.  Hurts I had as a kid, and hurts I’ve had as an adult.  Some of the adult hurts I struggle to completely release, but much forgiveness has already been made possible by a patient God who gives me the patience of a loving Father to find my way, and I know He’ll help me reach the other end of forgiving the big stuff.

Food Celebration of the Day – Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

 I love oatmeal cookies – I can’t think of a time when I didn’t love them.  I’ve only had Lacy Oatmeal cookies once in my life and if I remember correctly, they were absolutely wonderful. I found this link to this recipe and thought I’d pass it along.  It’s definitely one I’d like to try one of these days.  If any of you try it, let me know how they were!

Forgiveness is something that we receive every day from God, when we seek it.  Because of His Supreme Sacrifice we get the gift of that forgiveness.  If nothing else from today’s celebrations resonates with you, I pray that these do.  God bless you, go with Him today as you seek His face.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

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