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Belated Apology
by Traci O
06/21/07
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Belated Apology

When I was a junior in high school my friend and I were almost attacked by a gang of girls for no reason at all.
It all began because we saw one the girl’s mother outside in their yard in a drunken rage.

We said nothing that day just walked on by, but the girl became angry with us! I guess she couldn’t be angry at her own mother.

We became the target of her constant harassment and ridicule.

Soon she had gathered others to join her in following us after school taunting and insulting us.

The next day, my best friend and I started walking home as usual when this little gang of girls got behind us. They were louder and more belligerent this day and suddenly they all bent down and picked up rocks.

Just before they had a chance to throw them, our friends appeared from nowhere. They were football players, big and burly.

It was strange because they usually attended practice immediately after school, but in an instant and for reasons only God knows, they decided to skip practice and walk us home that day.

They may have saved our lives, or at least saved us a hospital visit.
When the group of mean girls saw them they melted back into the crowd. They wanted no part of these big guys.

That is not the end of the story.
Thirty years later I returned to the home town to attend a meeting. I saw a woman looking at me out of the corner of her eyes. It looked like she was trying to hide. She looked vaguely familiar….

It was the woman who organized the girls to attack my friend and I in high school.

After the meeting, I walked up to her and said, “You owe me an apology!”
“Why…why..” she asked laughing.
I told her she knew very well why. She ran away still laughing to another part of the room.

As I was leaving, I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was her. She said, “I apologize!” and ran away again before I could say anything else.

Proverbs 6:16-19
These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Copyright 2007


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