The word “repentance” brings up reflective images for me: remembering and searching my heart to see the things I have done that hurt others and myself … failing to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and love my neighbour as myself. At those times my eyes are diverted off of Jesus and onto myself for soul searching. It is often grieving what was lost. It is seeing what could have been if I would have acted in the fullness of love.
John’s message of repentance was essentially forward looking. God is doing a new thing, so we have to get ready! ~ Tom Wright
As we met at the river and Tom (Wright) showed up as an interpreter and guide for us, we saw that repentance did not make people stand still in personal reflection as they closed their eyes. Instead they looked up, saw Jesus, and moved forward. In repentance, we opened our eyes and saw Jesus. We started to move forward with him, refusing to be distracted by our inner thoughts or the things around us that would delay the journey. We are laying aside the: “Sorry, Jesus. You go on ahead and I’ll catch up with you in a minute.” With the thousands who have gone before us, we move forward with expectancy of the new things that God is doing. We are looking forward. We are walking in repentance. We are excited!!
You are welcome in this place! You are welcome to join this crowd. You don’t have to know exactly why you are here. You don’t have to sign your name on the dotted line. Just walk a ways with the celebratory crowd.
A prayer for Jesus to lead us to the cross: Lead me to the Cross
Over Lent this year I have joined an eclectic group from my church. Together we are making our way through Tom Wright’s Lent for Everyone: Mark. These are some of my reflections from our first meeting together on Ash Wednesday, where we also enjoyed honey cake!