Nothing saddens me more than to hear stories of parents passing away, and suddenly darkness comes between siblings and other relatives. A seemingly good relationship can turn sour as fast as the last will and testament is read. One can only wonder if parents grieve in heaven over the ugliness and hurt caused by what they left for their children to enjoy.
In 1 John, we read, “It’s the person who loves his brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others.” (vs. 10) This is the best reason I know to take the first step in resolving a dispute–to break through the darkness and live in God’s light as a family.
Desmond Tutu said, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” Imagine how God must also grieve when his gift to you is shunned or mistreated.
Dear Lord, help us to set aside distrust and greed to make peace in our own families. Amen.