RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, July 24, 2019
RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).
Paul uses beautiful imagery to describe God’s delight in God’s reconciliation with God’s people. In contrast to the estrangement and hostility of the separation caused by human sin, God is pleased to dwell in Christ and to be reconciled with humanity. How vividly we can feel the angst of separation and the peace of reconciliation!
There have been many times in my own life when I found myself estranged from people I loved. Some due to my own failings; some due to the failings of others. (But mostly a combination of both.) I have found that it doesn’t really matter “who started it.” If I wait until the other approaches me, I might wait forever. For as difficult as it can be to begin the process of reconciliation, the journey itself is a wonderful blend of awkward, exciting, tentative, vulnerable, and joyful. In some of my situations reconciliation came to a peaceful resolution. In others, the journey is long, and while we might never come to fullness of reconciliation, the process itself is worth the effort. Thankfully for us, in the separation between us and God, God did not wait around for us to begin the process. God sought reconciliation continually and never gave up on us. Never will.
Thank you, God, for your delight in our reconciliation!
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