Thought For Week
'You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.' ~Author Unknown
There is a story about two men walking down a country lane and across some fields. One of them forgot to close one of the gates. After seeing some cows, he realized his mistake and walked back to close it. He said it reminded him about the words an old man shared with him many years before, "As you travel down life's pathways, remember to close the gates behind you."
Such advice is one we could also keep close. Life is never straight forward and there are many attractions, distractions, obstacles and challenges. We sometimes make mistakes, we could have made better choices and we sometimes regret not having done something completely different.
But we shouldn't allow these to dominate or take over our lives. That is why it is so important to close the gate and simply move on. What gates in my life have I still left open? Can I close them, move on, knowing there is no need to reopen and go back.
Jesus in our Gospel stories closed many gates for people who were stuck in the past. By closing these gates he also invited them to move forward and to cherish each day as a fresh start and a new beginning. We are extended the same beautiful invitation today.