Atonement. If you were to look this word up the dictionary might say something to the effect, that is the paying for a wrong or a reconciliation of a wrong doing. For the Christian, it is just that and so much more. It is the reconnecting with our God that loves us through the blood of His son Jesus the Christ.
There are some that do not understand this word, atonement, but for me, it holds a sacred meaning. It means so much more than a payment made for my wrong. To me, atonement means I can sit at eh foot of life’s biggest, meanest, most ferocious obstacles and have peace in my heart. The peace is a sense of calm that tells me no matter how much pain is coming; the pain does not own me. I belong to another. I belong to someone who Loves me despite my shortcomings. I am Lovable as well as Loved, and nothing this world can throw at me can take that away from me.
Sometimes I forget all of this and get caught up in the thorn in my life that has etched a rash into my soul. I step back and realize the etching is because I have allowed it and I remember the Love I first felt. The Grace and Mercy are flowing over me. Then I find joy, peace and rest at the foot of life’s obstacles.