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“I wish I hadn’t done that!” “If only I’d known this!” “I’m really sorry I chose that way.”
Most of us have dealt with such thoughts. Ruminating about the past, even with deep regret, tends to immerse us in a mental fog that makes us feel separated from God. Backward-looking thoughts can prevent our progress and shouldn’t be coddled or ignored, no matter how familiar they’ve become.
Sometimes I find it helpful to think of the story of Lot’s wife, who didn’t heed the warning not to look back at the destruction of her hometown of Sodom and became a “pillar of salt.” As a result, she missed the opportunity to move forward with her husband and daughters, who were led away by angels from the chaos to safety (see Gen., chap. 19).
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About the author
Bertina Norford lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Bridget Broadhurst, Mildred Laruan-Takinan, Bonnie Mitchinson
‘If only . . . ’
Steve Graham, Managing Editor, Sentinel, Journal, and Herald
Imam puts an American stamp on Islam
New complete Common English Bible available in digital editions
The blessings of a Soul-filled life
By Madelon Maupin
A new beginning
Hugh Pendexter III
Job-placement directed by God
By Barbara Presler
Seeing ‘the face of God’
By Peter Jackson
Trains, planes, automobiles . . . and arks?
By Laura Moliter
New member of the Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
At peace with the past
By Tim Myers
By Shelly Richardson
By Bertina Norford
An invitation to celebrate
By Sandra M. Justad
Church Alive highlights
By Journey Harn and Laurie M. Scott
Healing of back pain and resentment
No more food allergies
‘All glorious within’
To change the world