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Weekend – The Past

By Phillip Hamm
   We all have a past. We’ve all had relationships we wish we hadn’t been in. We’ve all been in places we wish we’d never been in. We’ve all done things we wish we hadn’t done.
   For some that list includes things they didn’t have control over: abuse, abandonment, and unfaithfulness just to name a few. Most of us do our best to move past the past. But sometimes in life, it comes back.
   A potential employer finds out about something done when we were younger or social media reveals pictures of things there should never have been pictures of. Sometimes our lives collide with the very people involved with those events. Your wife sees an old girlfriend sent you a friend request; your husband picks up an old yearbook and reads the quotes; your ex-wife moves back to town; an uncle you haven’t seen in 20 years shows up at a holiday dinner; or somebody comes up for parole.
   We’re forced to make a lot of choices when our past comes back to haunt us. The default response is to turn to revenge and bitterness. But is that always the best decision? Could there be other ways to respond when our past is resurrected?
   In preparation for Sunday’s message, read Genesis 42.

Prepare for Worship
   As you prepare your heart for worship Sunday morning read Psalm 137.