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Reconciliation is nothing short of a miracle. Reconciliation preserves a relationship that could have just as easily been flung aside. Reconciliation is always a good reason for celebration. It is life-giving.

The first step in reconciliation is letting go of the past. The more we hold on to the way we think things should have been, the less likely we are to see the opportunity emerging for a brand new way. God is always able to offer us a new ending. All we have to do is recognize that the story isn’t over yet, and turn back to the One who loves us unconditionally.

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Listen

But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.

Luke 15:32

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Think

There are many ways to become lost. We often put our faith in the wrong things, wrong people, or wrong ideas.

No matter how bad it has been, there is always an opportunity to turn our failures into success, especially if we can learn from our mistakes and grow in wisdom.

Those who refuse to seek reconciliation starve themselves, but those who freely offer forgiveness give the best gift.

Love makes the difference.

David Schaefers

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Pray

I feed on your love, giving God. Moment by moment, your grace surrounds me. Help me to take hold of your love and to never let it go...unless I am sharing it. Amen.

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Go

God loves a new beginning. It doesn’t matter who you were yesterday, last month, or last year; if you are still breathing, God has a brand new plan for your life. Labels and stereotypes mean nothing to the One who created you.

Your story was made to intersect God’s bigger story over and over again. Wherever you are, God has put you there; God has a purpose in your being where you are. Christ, who lives in your heart, has something in mind to do through you, exactly where you are.

Believe this and go in God’s grace, power, and love.

David Shaefers

David Schaefers is senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, Texas. He often finds helping his first-grade daughter with her homework to be challenging, even though he is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry program at Columbia Theological Seminary. Follow him on Twitter: @schaefers.

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