Monday, August 3, 2009


I watched my neighbor guide her two small children following a dispute over a toy. She told the offender to the other child, speak directly to him and say , " I'm sorry. The child obeyed. She then coached the offended child to say, " I forgive you". How I marveled at the latter! For me, those words stick to the roof of my mouth even when sincere apologies flow.
Reconciliation is God's way. Yet this hard truth accompanies reconciliation attempts: There are no guarantees when we try to repair relationships. Apologies and paybacks may be rejected. But in cases where the humility of the wrongdoer meets the grace of the onewronged, the results are priceless.