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Shredders When you close an account, there are things you should do. First you must destroy (cut-up, or shred) any plastic card associated with your account; then you have the statements to dispose of. Cross- Shredding ensures that your personal finances are rendered fit for pet rodent bedding, or some clever moulded insulation. No one can steal your identity if your old card and statements are minced up. I was feeding pages of old statements from the past ten years into the shredder, when it struck me what a good parable shredding is for the act of forgiveness. As long as old statements (old letters and other documents) linger in a folder somewhere, they have the potential of being powerful. A reminder of an injustice- a turning back of pages to wonder what might have been... and whilst those “documents” are around, they can still pop up from the past and do damage. Forgiveness doesn’t say “that event wasn’t wrong”, but it does say “I am not letting that event from the past remain and poison my present and future”. When God forgives us it doesn’t mean our wrong doings were not inappropriate, ill-judged or harmful, but God says to us in effect: ”I am not going to hold these past events between you whom I love, and myself- I’m taking the potency of those events out of our relationship”. During these next few weeks we will be invited to celebrate God’s greatest gift- sharing life with us, being born among us: we’ll also be taking down old calendars and putting away old diaries, to begin a new year with all it’s potential.
© Long Buckby URC 2017
News 1

Long Buckby United Reformed Church

Email the Webmaster
Shredders When you close an account, there are things you should do. First you must destroy (cut-up, or shred) any plastic card associated with your account; then you have the statements to dispose of. Cross- Shredding ensures that your personal finances are rendered fit for pet rodent bedding, or some clever moulded insulation. No one can steal your identity if your old card and statements are minced up. I was feeding pages of old statements from the past ten years into the shredder, when it struck me what a good parable shredding is for the act of forgiveness. As long as old statements (old letters and other documents) linger in a folder somewhere, they have the potential of being powerful. A reminder of an injustice- a turning back of pages to wonder what might have been... and whilst those “documents” are around, they can still pop up from the past and do damage. Forgiveness doesn’t say “that event wasn’t wrong”, but it does say “I am not letting that event from the past remain and poison my present and future”. When God forgives us it doesn’t mean our wrong doings were not inappropriate, ill- judged or harmful, but God says to us in effect: ”I am not going to hold these past events between you whom I love, and myself- I’m taking the potency of those events out of our relationship”. During these next few weeks we will be invited to celebrate God’s greatest gift- sharing life with us, being born among us: we’ll also be taking down old calendars and putting away old diaries, to begin a new year with all it’s potential.