In our journey through Lent we spend time examining ourselves, seeking to see where we have fallen short of the mark God has for us. When we see those areas, we confess to God our sin. I think most of us have a good understanding of that part of the journey.
In Bishop Lewis’s book, Journey to Transformation, she shares a story that author Ernest Hemingway published. A Spanish father took out an ad in the newspaper El Liberal. He wanted to be reconciled with his son who had left, going to Madrid. The ad simply read, “Poco meet Me at Hotel Montana noon Tuesday: All is forgiven, Papa.” Poco is a very common name in Spain, much like Jack is here. When the father arrived at the square where the hotel was situated, he discovered 800 men named Poco waiting to meet their fathers. The reality, if we are honest with ourselves, is that all of us will have some things (sins) we need forgiveness for.
But, what about what comes next – accepting and living with God’s forgiveness? I think we all expect it. It is a promise of scripture, a foundation of our faith. But do we let our sin go with our confession and move on in a new direction with our faith journey?
The writer of Psalm 32 has no doubt. Verse one begins by expressing happiness that God has forgiven his sin and covered it over. The Psalm ends with these words: “You who are righteous (right with God), rejoice in the Lord and be glad! All you whose hearts are right, sing out in joy.” Psalm 32:11 CEB
Lent is not all sadness. There is joy that God is willing and wants to forgive us. Let us have joy during our Lenten journey.
Lord, we rejoice that you pour your forgiveness out on us. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!