Sand and Stone

After writing on forgiveness yesterday a friend e-mailed this to me and I thought it to be a good follow up to yesterdays post.

Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey,
they had an argument; and one friend slapped the other one in the face.
The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand
Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis,
where they decided to take a bath.  

The one who had been slapped got stuck in the
mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.

After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:
Today my best friend saved my life.”

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him,
“after I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?’”

The friend replied…
“When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away…  
but, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone.

Author Unknown

Should we find ourselves in a similar situation our anger and pride may incite us to strike back, to seek revenge.

Jesus instructs us to do this- If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matt 5:39


1 comment for “Sand and Stone

  1. Meowmix
    July 20, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    That’s a wonderful reminder, Janice! Thanks….

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