“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
This scripture gives us guidance in judging others. Every day we make decisions about other people and how we treat them. I have a wonderful “Lost and Found” story that certainly makes one more appreciative of other people.
On January 31, 2012 I was cleaning my kitchen after preparing food for a gathering the previous night. Before cleaning my stove, I took off my rings and put them in my slack’s pocket. After finishing my work I looked at my kitchen and, thinking it looked quite respectable, went to lunch and about my afternoon activities. While watching the news my doorbell rang and, upon opening the door, found a friend and another resident standing there. My friend asked, “Did you lose this?” I immediately grabbed my pocket. There was only one ring. My diamond wedding band was gone and, in tears, I thought of all the possible places it could fallen out of my pocket. I exclaimed "that’s my wedding band, where did you find It?" My friend explained they had been taking a walk in the halls of our residence and, that when she walks, she always walks with her head down. The first time around, she thought she saw something shiny, but went on. The second time around she picked up the shiny object then saw my name plate at the door. Every day my friend and I eat breakfast and dinner at the same table and she has mentioned several times how beautiful my ring was. Both ladies came into my apartment and we visited awhile as I shared how grateful I was that my ring had been found. The next day I purchased a gift for my friend to show my gratitude and also wrote her a note emphasizing what a wonderful person she is. God works in mysterious ways when it comes to losing and finding precious items. This experience reminds me that things are never lost when we put them in God’s hands. So often I find myself judging someone on merits that I think they should have. It is not my will, but Thy will we need to focus on every day.
As I pray every day, dear Lord, bless each person who comes into my presence and gives me a greater sense of acceptance of them that they will be blessed and so will I. Thank you God for helping to find this ring that is an everlasting sentimental piece to me that money could not replace. Amen. Marilyn S.