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Worthily Lamenting

There is a phrase in an Anglican collect (group prayer) for Lent that mentions us “worthily lamenting” our sin.  I don’t think that that phrase always describes my relationship to sin.

I’m more likely to lament the consequences of sin or regret because of the way I feel afterwards.

perhaps remorse and self-loathing is a beginning step, or else a counterfeit for worthy lament.

Lord, let me worthily lament my sin:

  • My selfishness.
  • My caring more about my comfort than the comfort of others.
  • My caring about what others think of me more than what they think of You, or what you think of me

Lenten Tension

Shall I, in a season, give up some sin, only to take it up again later? -or begin something good, only to drop it later?
No.
In Lent, I step aside and practice something that I intend to continue, listening to God. Then in the rest of life continue in that same direction.
Recalibration?

I think so.

Happy Lent / Ten sins or fewer

10 sins or fewer alt jpg “Happy Lent” I said to our choir director, “or is that the wrong greeting?”

His response: “I guess that it depends on how many sins you have…” left me wondering: I wonder whether Lent would be happier if you have few or many sins?  On one hand, having many sins would lead me to have a more penitent lent, and having few would leave me with only light penitence.  On the other hand, having many sins forgiven, I would have great gratitude.

 Luke 7:47 (ESV)  Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Read the whole story in Luke 7:36-50       http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+7%3A36+-+50&version=ESV

From the bulletin for the Ash Wednesday service: Lent Prose

lenten prose cropped

Our choir sings “Lent Prose” at services throughout Lent.  The music is beautiful; the words, a wonderful prayer.

We ask God to do what he loves to do: have mercy on us when we stop deceiving ourselves about sin and turn to him for mercy.