Dear Editor:

This month we celebrate Mother’s Day and two weeks later we observe Memorial Day. In combining these two observances, for some it’s a very difficult time of the year. Memories of loved ones gone on, whether it be a mother, father, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc., can be a not so pleasant memory. We all have had both good and bad memories.

Living in the past and holding on to the not so pleasant memories will keep us trapped and unable to move forward. Paul says in Philippians 3:13-14, “… this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, reaching forth until those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” This does not mean we forget our loved ones that have gone on before, but we should not let that consume us where we become trapped and unable to move forward.

Remembering the good times and good memories will allow us to enjoy the peace and freedom that we all desire deep inside.

In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul says, “… whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which you have both learned and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of Peace shall be with you.”

If you find yourself living with regret, guilt, or if you have held a grudge against someone and need forgiveness, it’s available to you. In I John 1:9 we read, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” For the non-believer, …“If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9) We are all human and we all make mistakes, but forgiveness is a gift you receive from God and you give yourself and others. John 8:32 states, “And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.”

May this Mother’s Day and Memorial Day be a time of reflection and introspection. Love, honor, respect, bless, and appreciate the people in your life … and tell them too. Your words are powerful and valuable. Happy Mother’s Day. Happy Women’s Day!

Gina Clark

East Liverpool


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