Lent: Remember, Repent, Prepare, Hope
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and faithful spirit
deep inside me. Cast me not 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 51:10-12
This psalm is prayed during the liturgy of Ash Wednesday worship, and is often included throughout the Lenten season. Its poetic expression of repentance and desire echoes in the caverns of our hearts. The psalm is said to be a prayer of David after he had sinned so gravely by taking Bathsheba as a lover, and causing the death of her husband, Uriah.
If David’s transgression, so bold and great, can bring him to his knees, if he imagines that the Holy God of Israel will listen to him, and bring him back into the comfort of his Lord, if his life takes on renewed vigor and his faith is re-formed, then I believe you and I can come to God again. We, too, can find refreshment and joy.
I believe that Lent is about remembering our faults and our weakness, repenting of them, preparing to change, and hoping in the resurrection miracle. God forgives, and God brings new life.
I pray that whatever you face during these forty days of remembrance and hope, that you can be as honest and trusting as David. I pray that as we grow in the Lord, together as spiritual leaders, we help one another remember, repent, prepare and hope.
Remember, God loves you, and so do I!