Pastor’s Paragraph for March 1, 2020

Pastor's Paragraph for March 1, 2020

MARCH 1, 2020

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I’m wondering where winter went and here we are in Lent!…. Lent is derived from the word lencten, meaning “spring.” These past few days, it’s certainly felt as if spring is already here. The Lenten season, a time of preparation for celebrating Easter, has historically been a period of fasting and preparation for baptism for converts. The Lenten season later became a time for repentance of sin by all Christians.

Often in our prayers of confession, we confess sins of omission and sins of commission. It reminds me of Paul’s words: “I do not do the good I want to do, and do what I do not want to do.” (my paraphrase of Romans 7:14-21) Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever wonder what got into you? Why you reacted a certain way, said or did a certain thing you know you shouldn’t have, that God wouldn’t want you to do (sins of commission)? Or failed to say or do something you know you should have (sins of omission)? Honestly, it happens to me more than I’d like to admit. I join the Psalmist’s cries: “Have mercy on me, O God….blot out my transgressions…cleanse me from my sin. ….Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” (Ps 51) And I so relate to Paul’s words of inner conflict: “What a wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Rom 7:24)

But even during this time of Lenten repentance, we also celebrate “little” Easters every Sunday, when we are reminded, with joyful expectation, of Resurrection life. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Again my heart rejoices and joins with Paul’s words, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom 7:25) Our promise and our hope! Amen? Amen! 

SharonMiller

Rev. Sharon Miller

Pastor of the Homebound