A traditional Easter Sunday usually comes with it’s fair share of family disappointments, hurt feelings and tons of emotional manipulation. This year, a pandemic swept the world shutting down traditions, normal ways of life in general and no family gatherings. We send text or email wishes to family and perhaps a phone call to a parent. Maybe we have memories of those ones we loved who passed away. I have holiday memories from childhood where many who were once there are now deceased. These thoughts make me want to embrace the family i still have left. To hell with manipulation. Where on earth did anyone think that is acceptable in life? And especially when it comes to family and the ones you love the most.
This makes me consider a tangent for a moment. Perhaps the said “manipulator” is actually an unhealthy mentally ill individual, who as the coined psychology term “We abuse those we love the most”. For some I can see that, but for others I don’t buy that for a second. The norm is for the family to not see the abusive signals and hurtful comments by said master manipulator. So, to point them out is setting yourself up for attack.
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Proverbs 9:7 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/PRO.9.NIV