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Gloria and Ann
My first grade teacher asked my reading group to arrange our small chairs in a circle at the back of the room. I sat between Gloria and Ann. Gloria leaned across me and spoke to Ann in a voice loud enough so I could hear.
She said, “Do you like Hazel?”
Ann replied, “Yes.”
Gloria laughed and said, “I don’t like her at all. In fact I hate her.”
I felt like crying! The color in my face drained and so did my spirits!
Even though I had been taught not to hit, I was tempted to slap Gloria’s face!
In my six year old mind, I knew I had a choice.
I quickly decided that I would pretend that I had not heard Gloria’s remarks. I would treat her with kindness. Those Sunday School lessons on loving your neighbor had paid off!
Years later, I realized that Gloria had been teasing and joking. Some families enjoy pranks and playing those ugly games, but it is not a good practice.
Children can be injured by mean words they hear and remember. Scars can be left that often cause insecurity and feelings of rejection leading to emotional and even physical illness.
“Dear Gloria, I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to learn the exercise of walking in forgiveness.”
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
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