Remembrance and Redemption
Remembrance and Redemption are two words that when linked together create a sweet montage of feelings for me.
Several years ago, my good friends Ralph and Becky gifted this beautiful statue to me as a housewarming present. It’s called Remembrance and Redemption.
The gift was presented to commemorate the start of life in a brand new dwelling and to acknowledge the journey of the heart—how we are redeemed when we surrender the mistakes of our past by remembering them, forgiving them, and letting them go.
Letting go is sometimes the toughest part, isn’t it?
Oh but there is such freedom in letting go!
My friend Cathy and I talked last night about how we can use the uglies of our past to transform our present. Whew, what courage that takes! Often we discover that when we really look at those dark nooks and crannies—Remembrance—we realize that we’re different today as a result of what happened to us then.
Today, different is good. Different helps us forgive.
Forgiveness relieves us of the burden of toting all those heavy resentments around. After being stooped over for so many years, isn’t it fabulous to stand upright and feel REDEEMED?
My life today is 180-degrees different from when the Angel Statue entered my life. I no longer live in that house—I lost it, in fact. I no longer live in the relationship that the statue was meant to celebrate—I lost it too when I made the decision to move to Texas.
I thought the house and the relationship were permanent in the fabric of my life.
Now I know that the stuff “out there,” the human stuff we create, is never permanent.
Today the fabric of my life is elastic as I celebrate the one element that is truly permanent—the impenetrable threads that bind me to my God and provide me the opportunity to live at my Highest Potential.
The Angel Statue now resides in my new home. I look at her with the same fondness as I experience Remembrance and Redemption today.
The difference between then and now is that most days I walk a little lighter—lifted by her wings—and I love a little deeper—inspired by her grace.
Is there a symbol in your life that inspires you to live better?