There's a knot in my stomach because I'd rather keep these words hidden in my journal, but I think I need to post them. God, I send these words out in your name, that they may land where you will have these seeds planted.
Some relationships cannot and should not be restored this side of heaven.
When David cried out to God for mercy, God forgave him. But he did not erase the consequences. Grace runs freely; consequences remain.
Sometimes a broken relationship remains a safeguard for everyone involved: if it is fixed, then the people involved could overlook, forget, or minimize the shrapnel of a battle scene.
There is a reason we remember. Grace abounds. Consequences remain.
Forgiveness is not restoration. And some relationships cannot be restored this side of heaven.