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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Conversation after restoration is sheer delight

 “And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.”
—Genesis 45:15

This is about Joseph, what his brothers had done to him. Their hostility toward him as a youngster had led them to sell him. And about 30 years later their relationship was restored.
 My favorite part of this story is what they did after their broken relationship had been restored. They talked. There was so much ground to cover, so much to say. They couldn’t wait to get re–acquainted. Conversation after restoration is sheer delight.

Which one of our relationships needs to be redone? Which one is covered with the rust of silence and bitterness? Picture what it might be like to confess your wrongdoing, forgive them for their part, then sit down over coffee in luxurious conversation.

Wouldn’t it be great if people would gaze at this healing, like I do when I see that turquoise pickup? “What a tremendous restoration,” they’d say.

Excerpted from the NIV Dad's Devotional Bible.

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