Ministry of Reconciliation
It always strikes my heart afresh when I enter the city and drive past signs stating ‘Coventry – City of Peace and Reconciliation’.
Most people I come across know the local story that we are now also part of, of our war-torn past and the rising from the ashes of the new Coventry Cathedral and it’s tireless and powerful reconciliation ministry that has changes a local story into a world-changing one. And it’s a story that we are proud of at Blue Coat as a Cross of Nails School.
Reconciliation is not as simple as whizzing past a road sign and agreeing with the sentiment, however!
Reconciling is painful work. Reconciling brings its own challenges, tears and fears. Reconciling takes us away from the ‘self’ and towards the ‘other’ (and we are often not naturals at that, let’s be honest). Reconciling rarely, if ever, produces a comfy and happy agreement. Reconciliation is costly. But reconciliation with one another and with God has constant scriptural precedent, Kingdom benefit, and demonstrates the justice and love of God. We must be reconciled.
In this week which includes Remembrance Day services (on Friday for our students and staff), we are considering what reconciliation and peacebuilding looks like. In a world where war still abounds and conflict situations still bring pain on a daily basis, the message of Peace and Reconciliation is ever more profound and important.
The Apostle Paul, in the second part of his letter to the church at Corinth, wrote about reconciliation and called it a ‘ministry’ (2 Corinthians 5:18). He spoke of the work that God’s people have been given to do to declare the possibility of restored relationships with God, with God even making ‘his appeal through us’ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
This fills me with wonder and a weight of responsibility – God wants to speak to and through me and to share the message of reconciliation which God made possible at the cross of Christ.
I wonder if He might be speaking with you about reconciliation too?