Just got out of seeing "The Grace Card". (Movie review: it's okay. It ain't gonna win any awards. Some of the plotting is a bit too predictable, especially towards the end. Actually, the whole thing would probably be a much better movie without the last ten minutes.)
The thing that has me thinking --- and blogging --- is the topic of forgiveness, which is one of the central themes of the movie.
See, there are some people in my life with whom ... gosh, how do I even describe the relationship? The relationship is strained, to say the least. At least two of these people are people that I've been actively shunning, because of things they've done.
Of course, it's hard to know how shunning works in balance with the commands that Christians have been given to forgive others. "Love your enemies", said Jesus --- knowing full well how hard that is. As one of the characters puts it in the movies ... it's really easy to love the people in our life that we like. It's hard to love the people we don't like.
I've been thinking about and praying about these relationships for a long time. I think I'm finally at a point where I'd be willing to forgive and be back in relationship with those people.
Except that I have absolutely no idea how to break the silence. I'm quite afraid --- and with some justification --- that the act of breaking the silence will only serve to reignite the conflict. Which is not what I want to do. I want to find a way to move forward somehow, not rehearse old arguments.
Which means I need a miracle, somehow, for these relationships to move forward. Of course, God is in the business of working miracles, so ... that's what I'm going to pray for.