Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Sunday June 19, 2016

Focus passage: So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation.  The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived! 2 Corinthians 5:17
In the Brady Bunch there is this classic episode that sticks in my mind when a cherished vase is broken by the boys playing with a basketball in the house and they desperately try to fix it.  They take the broken pieces and place them on a table and put them back together much like you would a puzzle with glue.
Later the vase is filled by water and flowers are placed within it.  As they all sit at the table they watch the vase start to leak water until it completely falls apart.
I think that is how it is often with relationships.  We try our best to glue them back together, to mend what was broken, only to find that there are pressure points that lead to future breaking.
Paul teaches us that it is through Christ that we are able to be fully reconciled to God and to one another, we are a new creation. The old vessel of our lives that we try to glue back to together and mend has been replaced by a new vessel, everything has changed. 

Prayer: God we know that it is only through you that the world can be reconciled to you and to one another.  It seems impossible with news of violence beyond imagining, in words that break and split us apart, help us to find a way forward through your grace and love.  Help us to be agents of your peace.  Lead us toward reconciliation.  Through you all things are possible.  Amen.


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