Attachments

May 7, 1998

2 Corinthians 8:11 – Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.

After being sent yet another attachment for which I did not have the necessary decoding programs, I decided to "clean out" my computer… purge it of all the unwanted, undeciphered attachments that were just taking up space in my e-mail. Only thing is, somehow, I cleaned everything out of my e-mail. All my "ins", all my "outs", all my "trash".

The attachments were gone, but so were some of the beautiful words and letters from friends, family, and people I haven't met but who have sent their words of encouragement, support and thanks for some of my devotionals.

My computer person extended me a sympathetic look while welcoming me to the wonderful world of computers. Via e-mail, my older brother sent his sympathies, promising not to send any more attachments, and offered some possible techniques for retrieving the "unretrievable". They didn't work. All was gone.

But all was not lost, nor forgotten. It reminded me of the time when we, as teenage girls would save the grocery bag which had been packed by our latest "crush", or the ticket stubs to movies, the title of which was later forgotten. Attachments which were important at the time were "cleaned out" and replaced with new ones.

Perhaps the "ins" and "outs" of this lesson are that we may have "attachments" to which we still cling, but that once they are "cleaned out", our load is lighter and we can carry on. There is however, one very important attachment we form in our lives, and that is the one we have with Christ. For if we choose to clean this one out of our lives, our load becomes heavier.

Prayer: Our Father in Heaven, we ask that you help us to see clearly those "attachments" in our lives that are just taking up space. May we, with your grace and guidance, be led to lighten our load. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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