Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember?
When it comes to birthdays and other special occasions, my family counts on me to remember these and remind them to send a card or make that phone call.
"Daniel, Nana's birthday is in a week. Get that card in the mail."
"Sarah, don't forget to call Grandpa on Christmas to wish him a happy birthday."
So, imagine my chagrin, my horror, my shame, when, one year, I forget.
An incredibly important occasion . . .
I am so engrossed in writing my novel, I literally don't know what day of the week it is.
That is NOT an excuse. Not at all.
How could I NOT recall? Especially, since I love my dad so much.
How could I be so self-absorbed as to totally miss the approach of Fathers' Day???
The realization dawns on the Friday evening before the Sunday event. No time to buy and send a card. It won't get there until Monday.
Too late . . .
I am sick at heart. I have never missed a Fathers' Day or my dad's birthday. I know he, of all people, will understand, but that doesn't make me feel any less like a heel.
Lacking any alternative, I send Dad a lovely e-card. Let him know it's on the way as he doesn't always check his computer.
Feeling lower than low and guilty as sin. Promising myself this will NEVER happen again. For any reason. On any occasion.
I vow to write down every important date on my calendar.
And, check them!
Because, there is no excuse in forgetting loved ones.
To not regard their needs because I'm so embroiled in my own selfish pursuits.
Such a painful and humbling lesson . . .
But, one that taught me well.
To . . . forget-me-NOT.
Have you ever forgotten a special occasion in a loved one's life?
Will you pray with me?
Let us always remember, Father, the words and teachings of Your beloved Son, Jesus. May they guide us in all truth and righteousness. Never let our selfish desires consume us. Make us ever mindful of the needs of those we love. Amen.
Psalms 101, 109:1-4 (5-19) 20-30 or 119:121-144
1 Corinthians 12:1-11