Thursday, April 27, 2017

Reconciliation Day

Living Lesson: Reconciliation Day
by: Christopher Wiles
photo credit: StarTribune

Can you believe it?  I missed Reconciliation Day!  According to the calendar, April 2nd was reconciliation day, and in my opinion, it’s a great holiday to follow April Fool's day. I remember pulling pranks of forking yards, putting Kool-Aid in the shower head, and prank calling people asking, “Is your refrigerator running?”  Reconciliation day was started in 1989 by newspaper columnist Ann Landers. The intent of this day is to patch up relationships and make amends, especially if you made someone mad by filling their yard with clear plastic forks.  

For the followers of Christ, we reconcile not because the calendar tells us to, but because in 2 Corinthians 5:18, “God reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”  You and I are called to help people reconcile with each other and with God.  How are you doing with that ministry God has given you?

photo credit: the Guardian
Take the next steps in letting go of your grudges. Pick up a pen and paper to start a letter. Open your email app to start a relationship anew.  Maybe you should make that phone call that will reconcile yourself with your loved ones.  Whatever avenue of communication you choose, be sure to speak kind words, say you’re sorry for your past mistakes, and forgive others as you would have them forgive you. You'll be glad you did. 

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”Romans 5:10

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