Saturday, August 18, 2012

Daily Devotional - 18th August, 2012 - The Message of Reconciliation


Daily Devotional - 18th August, 2012
On February 13th, 2008, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a speech that had a significant impact. He spoke a heartfelt  message in the House of Representatives that day, to an audience of millions... and the speech? It was an 'Apology to Indigenous Australians'. He said, 'We apologise for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on....our fellow [indigenous] Australians. We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country. For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry...' and he continues on. Whatever your political allegiance, you cannot help but affirm the words that attempt to bring reconciliation and unity between fellow Australians. It echoes the cry of God’s heart, for reconciliation between each other and reconciliation with our creator.
Bible: 2 Corinthians 5:17-20

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