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A bin of broken concrete, past hurts and living with joy today

This morning when I walked Annie I saw a construction garbage bin full of concrete from the sidewalks the township is repairing. The bin was full.  It would never be moved; it was too heavy.

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Each pice of concrete is a past hurt, a deep sorrow, a memory of words that wounded you. We have a large storage bin of concrete in our mind, full of broken concrete, broken promises, abuse.

We take our bins of concrete with us wherever we walk; they move with us when we leave home, when we switch jobs, when a friendship ends.

We need help. We need help to get rid of the pain. We need help to get rid of our deep sorrows. We need help to empty the bin of sorrow.

Have you ever felt like your life was like the bin of concrete I saw this morning?

I am worn out from my groaning.

All night long I flood my bed with weeping
    and drench my couch with tears.
My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
    they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me, all you who do evil,
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
    they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.
— Psalm 6:6-10

A person can’t lift the construction bin themselves to empty the concrete. The  construction bin can only be lifted by heavy machinery. And our past hurts can’t be healed on our own. They need to be healed with help. With help from a loving God.

He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
— Psalm 147:3

When you carry the past with you, you let it continue to hurt you.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
― Nelson Mandela

We have a choice. We don’t have to carry our bin of concrete with us. The past is the past. Walk away from the sorrow. Forgive.

“Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.”
— Corrie ten Boom, Clippings From My Notebook

Today is today. Tomorrow was yesterday. May you find joy today. I pray you will be healed from your past sorrows and forgive those who hurt you.

It is time to forgive – so the pain of the past doesn’t keep you from living with joy today. Forgiving won’t erase your memories, but you can have hope for our future.


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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Pamela- The Nelson Mandela quote reminded me of another quote : “Anger is like a hot coal in your hand. You can throw it at the person you’re angry with, but you still burn your hand.”

    • Hi John,
      Thank you for sharing the quote. I will have to remember that one. 🙂
      Hope all is well with you and your family.

      • Yep, all is well. I’m leaving law enforcement at the end of this year to write and paint full time. After 26 years and the last ten as police chief, I’m anxious to pursue my creative passions and create products via my website. All the best, Pamela!