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Reconciliation and hope for my sister (Lectio Divina – Day 32)

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Today, Sunday, was an important day for me. I’d arranged to meet my sister to reconcile our differences and patch up our broken relationship. We met at 4pm and had a good long chat which end in us hugging each other and saying we loved each other.

It’s all I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. It felt good to find us both moving on from the past and starting afresh again. I’ve feared for her way of life even before I became a Christian and even more so since becoming one.

I don’t want her to be condemned anymore than anyone else. I’ve been praying for her many times in my life asking for God to help her, guide her, and protect her. I’ve also been asking for him to help soften her heart.

Today I found out she had been clean from alcohol for 3 months which is obviously wonderful news. Alcoholism had been a problem for her for many years and was the catalyst for much of what she was doing wrong elsewhere in her life.

Perhaps the light is beginning to pierce the veil of darkness surrounding her life? Although she doesn’t really believe in God she knows I do, and she knows my strong atheistic past, so perhaps there is hope for her too?

Perhaps God is softening her heart, like he did with me, to help her make that first step. I am doing my best to demonstrate through personal testimony how someone can change and for the better too. All she needs to do is step out into the light.

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. (John 3:9-11, 14, 15, 17-21 NIV)

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