Day 24 – The Joy of Restoration

Day 24 – The Joy of Restoration

How good and pleasant it is
   when God’s people live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
   running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
   down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
   were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
   even life forevermore.
Psalm 133

(Continued from Day 20)
 
But Bec, you could get married if you want to. You’d have companionship then, and family.”
 
I could, I could, but why? I’m happy to be celibate. The Apostle Paul even affirms it as a good thing to be single and celibate! I am who I am, and I don’t need to be married to feel complete. I have Jesus, I have my church family, I have my brothers and sisters… that’s enough for me.”
 
Picking up her coffee and finishing it, Dee thinks on this before speaking.
 
So, have you spoken with Father David about this?”
 
I have, actually. He encouraged me to stay single, if that’s what I feel called to. We pray together regularly, he’s single himself, you know.”
 
Gosh, I’m sorry. I feel like a real idiot.”
 
As Deanna begins to cry, Bec gets up and goes over to her, embracing her dear friend as she too cries.
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It’s okay, hun. We all make mistakes. We’re all human, heaven only knows how many times I’ve said something I shouldn’t have.”
 
You know?”
 
Yes?”
 
If we keep holding onto each other like this, then people might start talking. I’m a married woman now!”
 
With that, the pair descend into laughter, still embracing.
 
Oh Dee, I’m sorry. I thought that we’d be having this light-hearted catch-up, and we’ve gotten all deep and meaningful.”
 
No, no, it’s fine, it’s fine! We needed to talk about this. Plus, we’re sisters, remember?”
 
Sisters who probably look a mess right now.”
 
Hah, probably! It’s worth it though.”
 
Making things right always is.”
 
(To be continued…)
 
Heavenly Father,
We thank you for the miracle of restoration of relationships between men and women of faith
We repent of our self-focus, for we too often do not see the wounds we inflict on one another.
May the Holy Spirit work in our churches and communities to reveal the need for restoration and convict us of our part in both causing the wounds, and bringing about healing, that we might stand together as family to glorify God and bring him honour.
In Jesus‘ name,
Amen
Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
Warwick Marsh & David Rowsome from Canberra Declaration with thanks for input and advice from an interdenominational editorial team. The team at the Canberra Declaration also thank the team at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting for their kind assistance

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2016-10-24T19:27:29+00:00