As I've been observing Lent this year I have been thinking a lot about confession. That's kind of the point of Lent, isn't it? Taking a good hard look at our sin and confessing it before God. I went to an Ash Wednesday service and we read Psalm 51. This is one of David's Psalm which he wrote after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba. In this Psalm he confesses his sin and asks for forgiveness. And then in verse 10 he says, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." The second part of confession is repentance.Read More
Tomorrow marks Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
Over the past few years I've blogged about my return to the observance of Lent. I neglected it for several years after I left the Catholic Church. But in 2014 I felt a strong desire to observe Lent, on my own terms. I decided that instead of giving up soda or candy (my go-to lenten fasts of my youth), I would give up yelling. This non-traditional approach to Lent actually opened my eyes as I discovered what my true problem was - not yelling, but sin and bitterness built up in my heart due to past hurts. Since then I have looked forward to Lent as a time of deep reflection on Christ's sacrifice - his death and resurrection.Read More
Admittedly, a big weakness in my spiritual life has been waiting in faith. I hate waiting. I get visibly annoyed when the person in front of me in the Starbucks drive-thru takes too long. I get angry when I'm made to wait. I feel a tightness in my chest and my attitude gets sour. It's ugly.Read More