DAY 26 – “Still Warring…?”
Reconciliation can be a complicated process and most of us, don’t know how to do it very well. Our fears, memories and propensity for “doing what we have always done” can hinder the healing process in a relationship. I believe the following story illustrates this point.
Two men come to a rabbi asking for help to settle a problem.
Both are angry at each other and neither will apologize.
The rabbi says:
OK, at the count of 3, both of you extend your hands and shake.
OK, 1, 2, 3.
Very good, says the rabbi but now you have to say something.
In Judaism it’s not enough to just shake.
Now which one of you will say something to the other?
OK, said one man, I’ll start.
I wish for you everything in the new year that you wish for me.
The other man responds:
You see, Rabbi, he’s starting up again.
Resolve with all of your heart to “startup again” the right way.
Romans 12:17, 18 | Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.