I have been fortunate to live on a quiet street across from a wildlife preserve for the last thirty years. All that changed when the coronavirus known as COVID-19 turned our world upside down. Suddenly, there were droves of people in the street and sidewalk in front of our house—biking, rollerblading, jogging and walking dogs. The steady stream of people was completely understandable, but in a time when life felt so confining, I found it a difficult adjustment. Things came to a head when a preteen boy came barreling down the sidewalk on his bike and nearly hit me from behind. Months of pent-up frustration were unleashed, and I angrily yelled at him for his carelessness.
What happened next surprised and humbled me. He stopped his bike and apologized profusely. There was nothing left to do but allow the Spirit to open my heart, apologize for my own behavior and reconcile.
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