Oftentimes, reconciliation is thought of to be synonymous with praying for forgiveness from God/The Higher Power. Catholics will attend confession to pray for forgiveness of their sins against God and seek reconciliation with the Church while many faiths and religions of the world have their own form of penance an reconciliation. In my view, reconciliation is more than rectifying your sins, praying for forgiveness – it’s reminding us of our relationship with God/The Higher Power.
In the English dictionary, reconciliation is defined as the act of restoring friendly relations or the action of making one view or belief compatible with another. Financially, it can also mean the action of making financial accounts consistent; harmonization. I think it’s all three when it comes with our relationship with God/The Higher Power:
- We are looking to restore or positive relationship with God with our wrong doings.
- We share our beliefs and how they harmonize with the ways of God/Higher Power.
- We harmonize our relationship with God by reconciling the wrong deed we have done while also reconciling the right deeds we have committed.
With reconciliation, this also applies to the Earth and all lives around us. Reconciliation is more than rectifying ourselves with what is above, but also involves reconciling what is around and what is within.
Verses of the Day
Bible, Old Testament, Psalms 103:8-12
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever, he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
Bible, New Testament, Colossians 3:13
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Islam: Quran 42:20
“And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation – his reward is [due] from Allah. Indeed, he does not like wrongdoers.”
Sikhism: Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Pg. 430
“When the five virtues (Truth, cmpassion, contentment, humility, and love) were reconciled, and the five passions (lust, wrath, greed, attachment, and ego or excessive pride) were estranged, I enshrined the five within myself, and cast out the other five. In this way, the village of my body became inhabited, O my Siblings of Destiny…With intuitive peace and happiness, all the shops are filled.”
“There is one only defect in forgiving persons, and not another; that defect is that people take a forgiving person to be weak. That defect, however, should not be taken into consideration, for forgiveness is a great power. Forgiveness is a virtue of the weak, and an ornament of the strong. Forgiveness subdueth (all) in this world; what is there that forgiveness cannot achieve?
Native American: Crow Tribe
“Man’s law changes with his understanding of man. Only the laws of the spirit remain always the same.”
Native American: Chief Seattle of the Duwamish Tribe
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
Native American: Chief Dan George of the Tsleil-Waututh
“One thing to remember is to talk to the animals. If you do, they will talk back to you. But if you don’t talk to the animals, they won’t talk back to you, then you won’t understand, and when you don’t understand you will fear, and when you fear you will destroy the animals, and if you destroy the animals, you will destroy yourself.”
I find the Native American quotes help fill in the definition of forgiveness and reconciliation to a greater meaning – only the laws of the spirit remain the same, we are but one thread within the web of life, and when we destroy life around us we destroy ourselves. Thinking these quotes with Psalms 103:8-12 Colossians 3:12 and Quran 42:20, forgiving and reconciling with God/The Higher power and humanity around us is highly encouraged through the will and love of God. Tie this in with Sikhism, reconciling oneself with God/The Higher power also allows us to reconcile ourselves with in. With the quote from the Mahabharata, a strong question is poised that answers itself: what is there that forgiveness cannot achieve?
Being part of the same web of life, forgiveness and reconciliation allows us to strengthen ourselves, our relationship wit God/The Higher Power, and strengthen our relationship with all Life and with Earth. Forgiveness and reconciliation involves more than just ourselves, it involves everything above, around and within us and can only help make us more than who we are. I pray that we continue to restore our positive relationships, harmonize ourselves, and reconcile our wrong with lights with everything above, around and within us.
Be well and be safe and healthy!