For the past week, it is the celebration of the Chinese (Lunar) New Year, and one of the highlights of this festival is the family reunion dinner. Families, including extended families, gather under one roof for dinner on the night before the 1st of the lunar new year. It is indeed a blessing to be with family, and at times I wonder, if there are any strained relations that arose out of caring for our child with eczema. Did someone assume it was your fault for the eczema? Did someone shove a must-try miracle treatment to you?
Whatever the case, family is to be treasured and misunderstandings (of eczema and between family members!) are to be forgiven. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is frequently misunderstood, with many confusing it with other rashes such as urticaria (hives) or contact dermatitis. I’m happy that whatever anyone said to me, I have not let it to fester in my heart. Partly, my child Marcie’s eczema is under control. I do pray for those families who are still struggling to have severe eczema under control, and continue to live with the stress of other’s comments, looks or criticism.
Mark 11:25 : And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Dear God, You know my heart and if there is any hatred, unhappiness in me toward my family over what they have said or done about my child’s eczema, teach me to forgive. Fill my heart with happiness and love toward them because I don’t want and don’t need to have negativity in my heart, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Forgive Others just as Our Father has Forgiven