Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. – Ephesians 4:32
Is reconciliation possible? Is shooting a rubber band possible? Yes! A rubber band flies through the air based on tension, each side pulling the other through the air. This approach involves constant, inefficient tension, but this is not the most effective pattern of flight for the rubber band.
The most effective flight pattern of the rubber band is for both tension and torque to be applied. (Torque is a turning or twisting force for you non-engineers.) Reconciliation in the political, societal, economic, and judicial arenas of a nation is possible—perhaps through ineffective processes and tensions advancements might be made. However, if spiritual torque, provided by Spirit-filled men and women of God, rotates the flight pattern of reconciliation, then a full, holistic, and healing picture of reconciliation may be achieved.
Yesterday I used the word murky. The use was intentional. We often believe we need clarity plus all the facts for the story to successfully outline, define, and answer a problem. We are approaching reconciliation wrong; actually, we do not need the murky to become clear. Rather, we need to awaken to the beauty of murky!
We do not need more clarity, simply more beauty. And beauty is found in the relationships, conversations, and processes of reconciliation, not finding all the answers. The answers are arrived at through the beauty of relationships, not through the power of reason or political solutions. May we spur one another on to finding beauty, not necessarily answers, because then beauty will be the legacy passed on to our children.
One-Year Bible Reading
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
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