Thought for the week – week 26

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I am writing this week’s contribution at 40,000 feet in the air with Ros, my wife, on our way to visit our son and his family in Ontario, Canada.

It reminds me of the joy we will experience when we meet shortly, followed two or three weeks later by the anguish we will feel when we part. It doesn’t seem to get any easier the more we do it!

There is a strong emotional thread that unites us and produces these responses. I know that for some people, family life can be really difficult but there can be moments of reconciliation that break through the years of estrangement.

If it were not the case, why are there so many TV programmes that try to help restore family connections?

One of the things that Jesus sought to enable was the sense of unity that comes from broken relationships being restored. His life, death and resurrection created the way to our being reunited with God because Jesus took upon himself all the wrongdoing and shame that was and is our responsibility and gave up his life so that it could be forgiven.

Could this be the time to be reconciled to God and seek the freedom and joy of a restored relationship?

Ian McFarlane,

Oban Baptist Church.