Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
-Psalm 51:7 (NLT)
The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 51 that we, too, can be whiter than snow. Through the sacrificial blood of Jesus, God covers all of our imperfections and blots out those sins that separate us from God. We are made clean and new!
As we begin the season of Lent, a season of self-examination, where we struggle with our imperfect humanity. It can be frightening to look within ourselves and recognize where we have fallen short of living as God desires and Jesus taught and exampled. And, if there was no hope of reconciliation, Lent could be a very long and terrifying season.
We know, as God’s beloved children, that Lent ends with Easter and the new life won for us by Jesus so we do not live in despair. But, it is important for each one of us to take time during this Lenten season, to reflect on how we are living our lives and how we can better live into the example of the one who taught us to live as God desires, Jesus. Spend more time with God by reading you Bible, make an effort to improve your prayer life, participate in worship however you can, and find a way to reach out in love to help others.
In Christ’s Service,