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    Peace and reconciliation

    July 2, 2021

    Our hearts continue to be weighed down as we receive the news and discoveries of additional unmarked graves at residential schools in Canada.  Once again, adequate words escape us.  Recently, I reread a series of devotionals regarding efforts at peace and reconciliation for Indigenous people in Canada.  They were written by a CRC pastor for The Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue.  The centre is meant to be a place of conversation, learning, and action on God's call to justice, peace, and reconciliation.  Their goal is to “seek justice and speak hope” by presenting a positive voice of faith in Canadian public life.

                One of the devotionals explores the theme of tribulation (see Revelation 7:13-14) and how it applies to the difficult and ongoing work of reconciliation.  The devotional in part says:  "Reconciliation means facing the tribulation we have caused and seeking forgiveness and justice in the way that Christ has called us. It means listening to the cries of pain that our sin has caused and offering sincere apologies. It means building relationships at the discretion of the  "Indigenous Peoples who have suffered."

                If you are interested in reading a week’s worth of devotionals called “Living the Call to Reconciliation”, please go to https://www.crcna.org/sites/default/files/shannens_devotions_print_version_booklet.pdf

    (To check out the full Centre for Public Dialogue website, please go to https://www.crcna.org/PublicDialogue .)

    To access Pastor’s Eric’s regular COVID-19 MEDITATIONS, click here … http://www.bethel-crc.ca/blog/covid-19-meditations/