These two stories together, from a survivor and a beneficiary, point out something striking about real life reconciliation in places like Rwanda. Our practice of reconciliation has to be large enough to allow for survivors and victims; perpetrators and beneficiaries. Both shared of deep personal loss, hardship and broken families. It is easy to feel compassion toward the victim. But we must not forget those on the wrong side of justice, for they too need to be reconciled. There must be grace and compassion for all involved if these nations are to be restored. This is a monumental challenge. Reconciliation is not easy, but it is not an option in Africa.
While the contemplation is deep, the connection with friends is rich! There are new friends already found and so many reunions! I am loving the lavish time together under the Rwandan sun.
Blessings to your friends. More later!