a blog for teachers who follow the Master Teacher
With 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 in mind, we asked a few teachers to respond to this prompt: How can a teacher be a minister of reconciliation (restoring Shalom) in this life and toward the one to come? In order to prepare for their answers, E.M., Kimberly, and Melissa sat down to talk about reconciliation. We had our own experiences in mind. One of us lives with a disability. Two have lived as foreigners in China, and we each have experienced discrimination because we’re women. Yet, looking back on the conversation, what stands out are not our experiences but a sense of our own need for reconciliation. And so, what you find below is an entry in our teacher lectionary flowing out of our interactions. Much of it comes from 2 Corinthians (5:16-21 in particular). We also referred to Colossians 3:1-17 and Luke 17:1-10, and we close with Psalm 133. Boxed quotes come from our conversation.
Reconciler, there is none like You!
Forgive me when I fail to be holy as you are holy:
Transform me into Your new creation. Help me:
Set me apart for Your work of reconciliation. I am an unworthy servant simply seeking to do my duty.
We need Your wisdom:
I need Your courage:
Grant us peace. Dona nobis pacem.
It is like priceless anointing oil,
holy as the oil that flowed down Aaron’s beard,
wafting a delightful aroma for Yahweh and all who breathe it in.
It is like a gentle rain in the mountains
that cools, refreshes, softens, and bears fruit.
Harmony between us is where Yahweh pronounces His blessing.
It is life forevermore.