Lent- A Season of Repentance and Humility- A Reminder of our Deep Need for our Savior, Jesus!
“It is well, it is well with my soul.” The words touched the deep corners of my own soul as I listened and watched our Hope Glee Club preform this beautiful song at the LEST competition last week. As I watched our vibrant group of middle school students, I was reminded that LIFE ISN’T ALWAYS WELL. In fact, often life is hard and we are faced with great challenges: a dear sister is diagnosed with breast cancer, an older member of our congregations suffers with Alzheimer Disease, a close family member is no longer with us, marriages struggle, children rebel, and a dad still can’t get a job and finances are running low. You can add your own struggle. We all have them because we live in a SINFUL world. Paul writes in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
The season of Lent is a stark reminder of our sinfulness. As we walk together toward the cross for six weeks, we have the opportunity to come before our good and loving God and admit that we are broken people in desperate need of His healing touch. We take the time to remember the pain and suffering that Jesus experienced on the cross. We admit that we need a Savior, that life without Jesus IS NOT WELL! I love how David expresses this in Psalm 51: 1-2
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.