I’ve been thinking a lot about my time in East Africa a few years ago. Here is journal entry about reconciliation.
When administering the final exam on my last day in Uganda, I asked the students to write a brief essay on the significance of Christ’s reconciling work between God and humanity. One of my students was a Rwandan named Moses. Moses lost his leg during the genocide, and later became a Christian. Today, he is actively involved in ministry to those handicapped by the Rwandan genocide.
Needless to say, his essay on reconciliation was extremely powerful. There is a great need for horizontal reconciliation (reconciliation between two human parties) in Rwanda. Anyone who has watched Hotel Rwanda or knows much about the Rwandan genocide has some idea of how difficult the task of reconciliation is facing the Rwandan government. Relationships must be restored; trust must be built. Time is one of the only things that will heal this great wound.
And the need for reconciliation pales in comparison for our need for reconciliation with God. The impossibility of the task of restoring right relationship with God is so great, that we are unable to do anything. In the Rwandan genocide, two parties were at fault. In our estranged relationships with God, we are the only ones at fault.
The great and merciful God, in the person of Jesus Christ, has made opportunity for restored relationship with the Father. Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift!