Reconciling raisin cakes

 “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”
~Dr. Kathleen Young 

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More than anything else, perhaps, someone in pain thirsts for peace.

More than anything else, perhaps, pain results from oppression.

Oppression from injustice.

Oppression from illness.

Oppression from tragedy, grief or loss.

Sometimes the word “reconciliation” makes me feel oppressed, choked by thoughts of forced, literal embraces with people who hurt and tear and steal.

But reconciliation is much more than that. Much bigger than an abuser. More powerful than any hold grief or loss has upon us.

In fact, I don’t believe reconciliation takes the form of human-to-human-embrace at all.

Reconciliation is about the way God loves us. The way God loves you. The way God loves me.

It’s about trusting God works out earthly things which the utter brokenness and depravity of human nature cannot restore this side of Heaven.

In the Bible, Hosea hears God tell him, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” (Hosea 3:1)

Sometimes, we’re so elbow-deep in raisin cakes we can’t fathom the satiating love of our Father.

Sometimes, we need to toss aside our umbrellas of despair and dance in the rain of grace and mercy.

Kick off our galoshes and splash in rivers of reconciliation. 

Spin beneath the thundering sky of freedom.

Tiptoe into the ballet of a life being restored.

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“Each of us lives in the midst of particular sins and specific instances of brokenness. And each of us must choose how we will respond. Living a life of holiness and learning the ways of God sometimes mean letting go of our need for justice and instead embracing a world that groans in anticipation of the day when it, and we, will be redeemed. . . It means accepting with humility that God alone is good.”  
How Far Should Forgiveness Go? by Christine A Scheller 


*This post is written with gratitude for the One Word at a Time blog carnival on reconciliation this week.

16 thoughts on “Reconciling raisin cakes

  1. I think of the love that’s behind the reconciliation, and it is stunning. We don’t deserve such love. And that’s the point. He loves even us, even me, so much that there’s nothing we can do to earn it, and he desires nothing less than to reconcile us to him.

    Good post, Amy.

  2. Beautiful post. Thank you so much for sharing. God is a God of reconciliation. He wishes for us to not only be reconciled to him, but to reconcile with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to be about reconciliation, but because we are so hurt and oppressed and down, we can’t always see the way. That’s when we have to rely on God even more!

  3. I loved the scripture you chose in the sense of the picture it presented… raisin cakes. In all the scriptures I read, Hosea ranks right up in the toughest, hardest. If he was only taking her back to obey or please God, he could probably just pull it off … that “obedience” thing we sometimes cling to. But, most likely, he had a loving heart, painfully directed towards his wife and how she had dishonored him, put him down and chosen others. And yet…. in the end, he won b/c of his love. How God loves us! When we do so much of the same as that woman and others… b/c we are sinners.

    1. Joanne–amen!!! Have you read Francine Rivers’ novel, Redeeming Love? It’s a novel set in 19th century California that’s based on the book of Hosea. It’s absolutely riveting and beautiful and convicting! So if you like Hosea, you might really enjoy that novel.

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