This is a cross-post by Jerry Wall from the Peacemaker Support Blog, Making Peace.
A peacemaking team recently had a chance to see God do a powerful work of reconciliation in a family. A couple in the church had become completely estranged from the husband’s sister. Hurts that went back many years were compounded by fresh hurts and sinful words recently. The relationship had completely broken down.
But everyone wanted to be reconciled: they just needed help…and asked their church’s peacemaking team for a mediation. To make a long story short, God did an amazing work in everyone’s heart. The power of the Gospel transformed their relationship: they repented and confessed, asking for and receiving one another’s forgiveness.
But the mediators were concerned about “buyer’s regret” once the initial emotions had subsided. So they sent the following email (names are omitted):
Hi [Husband] and [Wife]!
I hope you’re doing well. I’ve been thinking lately about you guys and [Party B] and thought I’d check in.
It’s been month today since our mediation. How do you feel like it’s been going? I know reconciliation in personal relationships takes time. I’ve not spoken to [Party B] since that Saturday, but just sent her essentially the same email you’re getting right now.
More than anything, just keep working on trusting God through all this, in the knowledge and joy of the forgiveness that’s yours in Christ.
If there’s any way we can help, I’d be glad to talk.
Praying still for you,
[your mediators from the church peacemaking team]
Minutes later, they received this reply from the husband:
Since you haven’t known all of us for years I don’t know if you realize the magnitude of the miraculous changes in stone hearts to flesh that took place (probably mine the most).
I know you could see some change [at the mediation] but probably did not know that what was happening was a greater miracle than the parting of the Red Sea. I know my heart and that of my wife, this is NOT an exaggeration.
Thank you and [the other team member] so much for your time and effort, you participated in a mighty and gentle work of Almighty God.
By the way it’s been going great.
To find out more about Peacemaking Teams, check out their blog and the page on our website that describes what they do.