However, I think that, especially in situations like this one, it is so easy for us to desire so badly to feel justified or to be allowed to be seen that we were clearly the ones in the right. It is hard for our egos to sit tight and suck it up through any sort of false accusation. It has been tremendously helpful to me in reading about Saint Therese of Lisieux, and seeing how she dealt with false accusation and being berated. She counted them as sufferings with Christ and allowed knowing that He knew and she knew the truth about things to be her comfort. Not at all the easier path, but better for the soul, I have learned. I am hopeful that some kind words and encouragement will come your way soon.
May God give you wisdom and strength as you continue to serve Him and your children – and even your your meanest of neighbors. If you do want to prove her wrong, though, it’s very easy. Just love her and your other neighbors – especially the kids – to pieces. Be light and salt and joy! Be the home that people want to visit.
Love to you, dear sister!
P.s. it was such a treat to see you last Sunday!]]>