By: Maggie Leonard
Reflection—v. 28, then he became angry and refused to go in
Conflict is difficult to begin with, and strangely I have a harder time with forgiveness when I’m not actually involved. If a friend or congregation member tells me how they’ve been hurt by another, I find myself feeling protective. If they are able to work through the hurt and offer forgiveness, it’s hard for me because I don’t want to see them hurt again. Not having been a part of the reconciliation process (and rightly so), I have trouble believing that the other person is doing the work that they need to do in order not to hurt my loved one again. It’s so much easier to want someone else to hold a hard line rather than trust that God could be moving. Does God even work in spaces where I am not present? It seems ridiculous to say no, but I’m not sure that I live-out my trust in the reality that God’s loving work of reconciliation is at work in places I’m not privy to witness. Instead of being so untrusting of one another, we ought to always celebrate the possibility of reconciliation and the hope that things will indeed be different. People do change, both ourselves and others, and nothing is beyond the power of God.
Prayer Transforming God, help us to trust the powerful work you do in the world.