Lent – A Time For Reconciliation
by Polly Bergerson
Reconciliation is God’s gift to us.
During this season of Lent we have the privilege, once again, to open ourselves to God for forgiveness and healing in order for His light to shine through us. It is a time to reflect on the darkness and uncertainties within and seek forgiveness, understanding and mercy.
As we reflect, we may find many areas in life where we have not been faithful, honest, loving, self-less or generous in relationships with God, family and others. We can see where we have shirked responsibilities as citizens, neighbors, employees, parents, spouses, sons or daughters. When we genuinely ask for forgiveness on these, God in his mercy provides forgiveness and healing.
God pours out His healing love, when we take the time to reflect and repent. 1 John 4:9-10 reminds us that
God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life. Real love isn’t our love for God, but God’s love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.
Reflecting on our insecurities prepares us to trust and accept God’s love because God’s love is unconditional and God knows what we are struggling with or suffering from. We are precious in His sight and God loves and understands us. Our greatest sin may be that we don’t trust that God, in His compassion, will forgive and heal us. Let this season be the time we reach out and invite God in to provide His completeness through us and accept the wholeness and joy that only God can provide.
Let this be a time of celebration when we receive God’s forgiveness and healing love and let God’s love shine through us for others.
From God’s love, we can practice the gift of forgiveness and healing in our relationships and community through our actions:
- Be aware of what causes our anger or differences
- Changing our ways
- Forgiving others
- Practicing grace
- Repairing damages
- Letting go
- Finding common ground
Prayer: Lord, we seek your reconciliation and celebrate it; help us to reconcile with others so that we may live in peace and harmony.
Polly Bergerson is a member of the Lay Ministry team at Prince of Peace.