It is fitting that we begin our Lenten journey focusing on the spiritual discipline of confession. Ash Wednesday reminds us of our brokenness, our mortality, and our dependence upon God to work new life in us and through us. Confession connects us with that work of God and the potential of new life each day. Confession brings down the facades we build around ourselves, revealing our common brokenness and imperfection, shaking the leaves of pride off our trees of humility, and opening our wounds to the healing power of God’s grace. Confession calls us to community, to be a place where we can live authentically. Confession also reveals the heart of God — a God who has forgiven even before we ask, a God whose mercy extends even beyond our capacity to sin, a God whose grace flows like living waters, washing away all guild and shame. LESS GUILD / MORE GRACE.
Ash Wednesday: Time of reflection
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.” (Psalm 51:1-3)
What do you need to release to God? Confess it now.
What would it be like for you to be washed clean of past sin?
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit.” (Psalm 51:1-3, 10-12)
God longs to put a new and clean heart in you. Thank God for his forgiveness and love.
How does joy emerge from forgiveness?
When has that happened for you?
Confession: Less Guilt / More Grace……………
(Kai Nilsen, “Less Is More,” 2013, Renovare)