Our son-in-law was planning a surprise Mother’s Day getaway for our daughter. He let our granddaughter in on the secret. I imagine there were plenty of smiles and knowing looks between them leading up to the reveal.
A few days before Mother’s Day, our grandaughter sweetly said to her mama, “I wish I could spend more time with you on Mother’s Day. But I hope you have a good time in Charleston.” OOPS!
The secret was out!
The 10-year old felt awful having spoiled the surprise. Our daughter assured her it was okay. It was an accident.
Surprises make fun secrets. We like being part of the buildup. We anticipate the smiles and joys. It’s a lot like opening a beautifully wrapped gift.
Those are the good secrets. But there are ones that are harder to carry yet we can’t seem to let them out.
Working in our community of people who struggle with addiction and other issues we have a different take on secrets. We remind them and ourselves: we’re as sick as our secrets.
Things we regret. Things done against us. Past acts. Desires we can’t seem to change. Too many carry the weight of secrets that can burden us with shame and even depression.
These are the secrets that need to be told, often to a professional.
God gives grace to things revealed in his light. His mercy covers us and his love chases after us.
He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence. Psalm 103:3-5 MSG
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