(Ephesians 4:25-32/RB 4:72-73)
What stands out for me today is Prayer as a stepping stone to Reconciliation – perhaps the first step and many steps in between during the process of reconciling. This word “prayer” has so many facets as I think about my own journey. The Ephesians reading grounds reconciliation in the truth, spoken in loving kindness. For me, speaking the truth seems contrary to reconciliation when I come from the “peace at all costs” lens that I grew up with – But this peace, in my experience, is not usually the peace of Christ but some temporary, artificial lull in the action. Lately, I find myself more in turmoil and irreconciliable differences when I find the courage to speak the truth in love, even when I come to it through a process of prayer. I do recognize a different sort of peace at these times – a calming presence within that allows me to breathe – even though the external world around me might be spinning. Could this experience be the “peace of Christ”? There are times when I feel this is so.