CHRIST IS THE CENTER
Read Colossians 1: 9-24
Through [his son] God was pleased to reconcile to
himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by
making peace through the blood of his cross.
Years ago, my husband and I were called to help reconcile
a father and son who had undergone years of bitter feuding
and separation. A round
table in the center of the
room separated the two
sides of the conflict during
the entire discussion. It
also kept them from throw-
ing fists at each other.
When they both confessed to being servants of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the mediation became centered on the element
that united them: Christ. With Christ at the center of their
lives, they reached what seemed to be impossible — the reconciliation of two men and their families.
When we are reconciled with Christ, we can also be reconciled with one another because we are all members of the
Body of Christ.
Prayer: Dear God, our great mediator, thank you for reconciling us with yourself and with one another through Jesus
Christ. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in
heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will
be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily
bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For
thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Amen” (Matt. 6: 9-13, kjv).
Charlotte Mande Ilunga (Cape Town, South Africa)
Prayer Focus: FAMILIES FACING CONFLICT
— Colossians 1: 20 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
I can forgive because, through
Christ, I am forgiven.