noun

  1. an act of reconciling, as when former enemies agree to an amicable truce.
  2. the state of being reconciled, as when someone becomes resigned to something not desired.
  3. the process of making consistent or compatible.

Several years ago I spent some time on a silent retreat where I was undone on levels I would have never imagined. There were many memorable moments from those days, though one sepcifically continues to stand out.

Christian faith is... basically about love and being loved and reconciliation. These things are so important, they're foundational and they can transform individuals, families. -Philip Yancey

I was made mindful of a few people whom I hadn't realized I may have offended. I needed to right some wrongs. In a way, this is what confession does. In our liturgy, we confess to our wrongs toward God and one another. It is incredibly freeing and moving. So why do we translate this way of life to our every day?

My guess is that our arrogance and pride repells the light that comes from reconciliation. Where there is light, there can be no darkness. Darkness is where the toxins breed and grow. If you are in need of more peace in your life, pause and seek reconciliation where it is needed.

We need the posture and work of reconciliation now more than ever. From our world's climate to our homes and families. Our communities, our churches. The deep redemption found with reconciliation will change they way we live and it will change those around us. One who finds peace with their inner self, will not be able to help but effect those around them with a positive light. And, couldn't we all go for some positive vibes during this Epiphany season and new year?

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