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Lenten Devotional – March 8, 2013

 By Sharon Midura
Psalm 32

It might sound odd, but my favorite part of every Sunday worship service is the confession of sins. I enter the sanctuary with a heart filled with humility, knowing I am unworthy to be entering such a holy place. “Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.v4.” When the minister reminds us that that there is no sin we can affect that is beyond God’s forgiveness, and proclaims that God has forgiven our sins, I always feel such a weight lifted. In that moment I am freed from the bonds I have put myself in that week and am open to hearing and attempting to live out the good news of that day’s sermon. It is a constant reminder to not take Easter for granted and to not rush through Lent. One needs to come face to face with one’s sins and not shove them aside, really wrestle with them, before one can learn and grow from the experience.

Whether one believes in a bodily resurrection or not, in some mysterious way the world changed forever that Sunday after Good Friday. It is in this mystery that I am forgiven of my sins and given the confidence that I can seek out God’s comfort when the world becomes too much for me. When God has bound up my wounds and fed me, I am once again ready to go out and journey along the pathway she has set before me. However, if I leave the safety of God’s arms too soon because facing up to my sins is too uncomfortable, it is just like walking on a leg that was broken before it was completely healed. It will take longer to mend, and not mend straight and strong. I will be slowed down and limping as I attempt to travel the path God has laid before me. Now, because of my impatience and fear I’m unlikely to accomplish all God set me on this path to do.

Dear God, thank you for not only forgiving our sins, but living in relationship with us. It is through our relationship with you that we can learn and grow through our sins to become the people you would have us be. Help us to slow down and learn from
our mistakes so we can grow through them into the person  you would have us be so your will can be done.    Amen 

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