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Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)
TITLE: A Mother's Love
By Marie McKay
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A day or two later Rita and I were playing when I heard my mother say, ďRita, why did you have to stay after school?Ē Immediately, I tucked my head knowing that I was turning red and feeling very much like a traitor to my best friend. Rita explained to my mother that she was not the one who had to stay after school. Of course, the story all came out then. I was the one who was being punished for not completing the work I had been assigned. Interestingly enough, that was all that was said. I think my mother realized I had received my punishment by being embarrassed. She did let me know later she was disappointed that I had not told the truth.
Through the years I have thought of that incident and how much it impressed on me that the truth is much better than being deceitful. It was also a lesson in forgiveness. Rita forgave me and we stayed good friends. My mother in her loving way spared me further embarrassment in front of my friend.
Life is a series of incidents where we can learn many lessons. God is like my mother. He realizes we sometimes embarrass ourselves in order to learn our lessons but immediately forgives us - sometimes when we donít even ask
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