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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

3 June 2015: Linda Clist, St Mary Magdalen, Sheet

A Suitable Case for Treatment

There's a slightly puckered white line on the inside of my right arm. It's fading very, very slowly - but still quite distinct. I notice it from time to time and have a moment of gratitude for the skill of the person who left it there. It's the scar from an operation that I had at QA over a year ago. Everything went perfectly and it's all problem-free.

It's not always like that with scars. And if the scar is from an emotional wound, the consequences can often be painful and long-lasting. Time can famously be a great healer, but it can also leave us stranded in a long-term grudge. If we have been hurt by someone else, the passing of weeks and months can make it harder for us to approach each other and find some reconciliation.

Reconciliation is actually the starting point of the Christian faith, because it relies on God reconciling people to himself. And all believers are called to be reconcilers.

The wound on my arm really hurt while the two edges were knitting together. It certainly wasn't a pain-free process. Making peace with someone who has upset us - or coming to terms with a past hurt - can cause us all kinds of anguish. It's a hard challenge, but if we can meet it, the results can be miraculous. My scar hasn't hurt for months. I even forget it's there. There's a lot to be said for letting go of old wounds and bitter regrets - and the sooner, the better.

At Sheet Church this Saturday (10:00 am - 4:00 pm, 6th June), we are hosting a day on this very subject. It will be led by experts from the Flame International charity, which promotes healing and reconciliation. Sign up free on 01730 302695 or 01730 263673 or by email via - and see the St Mary Magdalen page of this web site.

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