Remorse and forgiveness come about when we come to the realization that the pressures from the storm clouds of daily living are creating clashes with our true selves. Especially when taking care of those we love are concerned the temptation to step over that thin red line of perceived opportunity becomes too strong. It is only after following through with our actions we realize that action did not come by being true to ourselves.
It is only through that realization can we begin to forgive ourselves and expressing our remorse to those we may have harmed allows them to exhibit the grace of forgiveness.
Over the next few days we will see the true meaning of Christmas exhibit itself in the interactions of the characters that have been introduced.
The young man had stopped crying. He looked over to the cop. “Sorry I shot you. It just went off. I’m sorry, officer.” “Shut up and drink your coffee,” the cop said. George could hear the sounds of sirens outside. A police car and an ambulance skidded to a halt. Two cops came through the door, guns drawn.
“Chuck! You ok?” one of the cops asked the wounded officer. “Not bad for a guy who took a bullet. How did you find me?” “GPS locator in the car. Best thing since sliced bread. Who did this?” the other cop asked as he approached the young man. Chuck answered him, “I don’t know. The guy ran off into the dark. Just dropped his gun and ran.” George and the young man both looked puzzled at each other. “That guy work here?” the wounded cop continued. “Yep,” George said. “Just hired him this morning. Boy lost his job.” The paramedics came in and loaded Chuck onto the stretcher. The young man leaned over the wounded cop and whispered, “Why?” Chuck just said, “Merry Christmas, boy. And you too, George, and thanks for everything.”
Why? Is not that the real question here? Why a different response than what was expected?
To read the next little snippet of the True Meaning of Christmas continue on to Day 8
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