15 Mar 2011
Lenten Reflections (No. 6) - Walking in the desert
Two friends were walking through the desert. During the journey they had an argument and one friend slapped the other in the face. The one slapped got hurt but did not say anything and wrote on the sand ,"TODAY MY FRIEND SLAPPED ME ON THE FACE".
They kept going until they found an oases and they decided to take a bath. The one who was slapped started drowning, but the friend saved him. After recovering from drowning, he wrote on a stone, "TODAY MY FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE".
The friend who had slapped him and saved his life asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote on the sand and now you write on a stone - why?" The other friend replied, "Where someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where the wind of forgiveness can erase it but when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it on stone".
Let us use the time of Lent to learn to write our hurts in the sand and carve our benefits in stones. Forgive and ask for forgiveness.
Johannesburg, South Africa.