Reconciling Toward Wholeness

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If you've been able to join us in recent weeks, you have seen the focus of 2019 at Echo Church is Slow Church. As outlined in the book of the same name, we're considering how to approach our participation at Echo from ethical, ecological, and economical perspectives. Join us for the conversation. If you're away, stay connected through our podcast. Here are some takeaways from the February 24 message:

Ecology

The way we live in relationship to others and our environment is our ecology. The term ecology is rooted in the Greek “oikos” or “house.” Ecology is the relationship between my house and your house.

Colossians 1:15-20:

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”

Jesus came to reconcile all things. 

  • Not only us to him

  • Us to one another

  • Us to all creation

Our houses are made up of:

  • The physical

  • The communal

  • The intellectual

  • The emotional

  • The spiritual

For Jesus to reconcile all things we need to:

  1. NAME IT. Specify what in your life needs reconciled. Is it physical, communal, intellectual, emotional, or spiritual?

  2. FEEL IT. Lament—for yourself or through empathy with others.

  3. SHARE IT. Verbally process with others so that you invite the light to overcome the darkness.

  4. GO THROUGH IT. Not around it. Not away from it. Do not sit in it.

  5. USE IT. To empathize. To encourage. To remind those around us that they are not the only ones longing for reconciliation. 

by Chris Cox