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This weekend I attended my class reunion.

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve seen my former classmates.
I had mixed feelings about attending.  Two of my friends would be there, but beyond that, I had no idea.  How in the world would I be able to chit-chat with people who weren’t in my circle all those years ago?

Since I didn’t want to regret not attending, I went.

A few people attended that I hoped would be there.

Yet, silly me, I never thought that there would be people who were hoping that they would see me.

It was wonderful hearing old friends say, “I wondered if I would see you!” “I was hoping that you’d come!” and even, “Diane, you look amazing!” from a guy I had a crush on when I was in junior high.

 

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Class reunions are interesting.  There were people who looked the same, except for a change of hair color, a little extra weight, or a few wrinkles.  And then there were others whose names I recognized and remembered that they used to sit at my table in the cafeteria or were in my classes, but their faces did not connect with the past at all.

My graduating class was over 600, with maybe 150 attending the reunion along with a surprising number of my elementary school classmates, including one girl who took it upon herself to be my personal bully when we were about ten years old.

Our relationship in the years following was awkward, to say the least.  Fortunately, she and I were not in many of the same classes, nor did I hold a grudge.  When I saw her at the reunion, I walked her way and greeted her.  We chatted about how we didn’t recognize many of our classmates and some other small talk when she said something that totally surprised me.

She went on to tell me that she was so glad to see me because she was troubled by how she had treated me in grade school.  She said that she had no idea why she was so mean, but that she was so very sorry.  Many times she wanted to contact me on Facebook to apologize, but it just didn’t seem like the right venue, so she was very happy to see me in person.

I forgave her.  We hugged.  Several times.  And all those painful days of the past were put to rest.

It was interesting to me, that as an adult, many years removed from those bullying days, she still carried the onus and remorse.

 

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On the way to the reunion, I was feeling not all that secure in my decision to attend.  The confidence that I had when I was in high school had taken quite a beating these past 10 years, so I was feeling a little bit tentative, to say the least. So I polished my fingernails, which I NEVER do, and then on the drive there, I prayed.  I asked God to help me to not think about myself, but to be others-centered, to be a good listener, and for there to be something that helped me know my attendance mattered.

This experience was a lesson for me (and maybe you) that it’s never too late to say you’re sorry.  And it’s never too late to be forgiving. 

If there is something that you need to confess… either to someone or to the Lord… take care of it now.

God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong.
1 John 1:9

In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
Matthew 6:14-15

 

Scripture verse - James 5 verse 16 - Confess your sins - AnExtraordinaryDay.netMake this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.
James 5:16

And… even if we deserve an apology (which we might not get for 50 years), we need to live a life of love.

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant. It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs. It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth. Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

 

My attendance at the reunion… mattered.

My attitude all these years… mattered.

My friend’s confession… mattered.

And my forgiveness… mattered.

In the end, it’s all about how we love people, never giving up on them.

Do you own someone an apology?

Do you need to forgive someone?

Don’t let the years go by and not make it right.

Do it for love, do it for yourself, do it for the Lord.

When is the best time to say I’m sorry? 

TODAY!  

Do you have a story about your class reunion to share?  I’d love to hear all about it.

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It’s JoyDay!

And time to get our joy meters soaring!

Please join me in thinking back over the past week and counting seven things for which you are thankful.  This simple exercise of counting and giving thanks together in this space is something we do each week to reset our compasses and put our eyes back on the Lord.

I’ll start…

Thank you, God…

  1. for the ultimate forgiveness that you offer to each of us.
  2. for my classmate who apologized.
  3. seeing special friends at the reunion.
  4. for healing Tim.
  5. for being actively at work in our lives… guiding and directing.  
  6. that You are faithful, loving, kind, and always with me.
  7. that You are my loving faithful Father.

Now…it’s YOUR turn!

List your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.  You’ll be glad you did.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave your sweet thoughts.

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Comments

  1. Happy Joy Day!
    Wow! What a wonderful story and wonderful ending to match.
    Just think, she carried her guilt all those years and she didn’t know how you would respond.
    You were forgiving and gracious. You were a blessing.
    Your Christianity shines bright and clear.
    Lord this week I am thankful for,
    1. Husbands seizures have let up some giving much needed rest and relief.
    2. My dad is home from hospital tonight.
    3. As sick and weak as he is I am so thankful that he is still with us. Still able to talk, remember, even laugh at times. Thank you.
    4. J. received a nice fat raise.
    5. I pinched my pennies and stretched my nickels and was able to buy that nifty little item for the family room.
    6. Middle son,daughter in law and 2 grandkids are moving to Texas to be closer to her mom. Of course this memaw is so sad BUT I know you will be watching over them, guiding them, protecting them and of course loving them.
    7. School started today and grandson has the teacher he was hoping for. A happy student always makes for a better year and learning a tad fun…even if school isn’t the place a 9 year old wants to be.
    Let it shine ☀️Diane
    Blessings to you!
    Minnie

    • My dear sweet friend, I’m so sorry that your husband has been so ill and your dad, too. May our Healer God bring relief and healing to their weary bodies and refreshment and strength to your hurting heart. I hope you have some extra special Memaw time with your littles before they are whisked away to their new life. Keep walking in the joy of our Lord, Minnie! xoxo

  2. Lucy Beliveau says:

    What an incredible, uplifting story, Diane! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. Your actions always make such a positive influence on me!

    Thank you Lord for:

    1. Dr. Racine, who seems to always know how to help me.
    2. The Beautiful Tour Guy took me on yesterday of LaPrairie.
    3. Giving me the strength to stand up for my beliefs.
    4. Giving me health problems that are not fatal.
    5. Giving me the necessary strength to be away from Dear Children. My heart weeps.
    6. The lovely, bright, sunny days of the South Shore.
    7. The comfortable, charming roof over my head.

    • You are so kind, Lucy! Thanks for your words of encouragement and for sharing your ‘seven.’ May your week be filled with God moments and may your heart warmed by all your family connections, though long distance. xoxo

  3. So glad you had the courage to attend and had such a positive expedience. Thanks for sharing. Hope to attend the 50th.
    By the way I spotted you in a photo and you do look great💜

  4. Reunions. I have an odd year one in October. We haven’t had one in forever so the group decided to do one this fall. There’s been much hype. We joined a group to reconnect. But as the day grows. Close I don’t want to go. I use a walker. No one does. I’m not like others. I’m injured. My husband can’t drive after dark. I don’t know. I have some I do want to see but I truly don’t feel a connection to people very much from back then. I related to your statement of being outgoing in high school but the past ten years taking their toll. I liked your advice to look outward. Smile and show friendliness. I can’t think of any forgiving to do nor anyone who has to apologize to me. There was a mini reunion last fall for a group of us girls and that was fun. Your article was great timing. I left Home and did not ever live in my hometown again. It will be interesting how it all goes. I feel invisible anymore

    • Reunions can be awkward, Gwen. I totally understand, but don’t let your circumstances define you. YOU, my friend, are an overcomer. You continue to fight for recovery from you injury and all along the way you shine like an incredibly bright light for Jesus. People aren’t going to notice your walker, they are going to see the joy you have in your heart and that will trump everything. Pray and ask God what he wants you to do and then be content with whatever that is. But know… there is no way you are invisible. {{hugs}}

  5. Gwen you grabbed my attention and I just had to respond.
    You mention that you use a walker. I say, GIRL…Use that walker like no one else! Dance! Play! Move! Decorate your walker with faux flowers maybe. If someone looks at you like your crazy give a big ol smile and say,” Praise God! I’m not stuck in my bed!
    I’m so sorry you feel invisible. I wish I could give a big bear hug!
    You are seen by God. The God of EVERYTHING loves YOU! And that makes you anything BUT invisible.
    Blessings to you Gwen!
    Minnie

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