I am a prolific crocheter. Over the years, I’ve made more than 1200 afghans for local cancer patients. Mostly, it goes smoothly, but every now and then a big tangle shows up from the middle of the skein. If I don’t untangle it, I can’t proceed with the pattern.
And then I started to apply this to my life. Tangled relationships cause bad feelings and long-standing feuds. I don’t want that to be my lifestyle.
The famous Hatfield and McCoy feuds in 1863 and apparently ended in 1891. However, they shook hands in 1976, but finally, the Saturday Morning Show recorded them signing a truce on June 14, 2003. Note none of the original feuders were even alive in 2003, but they had passed their hatred onto their descendants.
What are you passing on to your family right now? What tangled yarns spew from your mouth when you speak of others? What unjust thoughts pour into your descendants?
And long after you are gone, what hate pours out of children or grandchildren that they didn’t even carry until you placed it there? See the following examples and ask yourself where that got anybody?
And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him; and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are very near. When he is gone, I will kill my brother Jacob. (Genesis 27:41)
But when his brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than all of his brothers, they hated him and could not say, Peace to him or speak peaceably to him. (Genesis 37:4)
If ever there was a day meant for forgiveness, it is this Easter Sunday.