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Ash Wednesday is the start of the Lenten season and offers a sacred and spacious place for humility and confession. When we think of confession, we might find ourselves feeling resistance! This is not a time to feel bad about ourselves or air all our dirty laundry. It is a time to get real about what feels broken in us, in our relationships, in our world and how God’s invitation of repentance and restoration leads us all to greater wholeness.
I invite you to consider Community of Christ’s definition of sin:
"God created us to be agents of love and goodness. Yet we misuse our agency individually and collectively. We take the gifts of creation and of self and turn them against God’s purposes with tragic results. Sin is the universal condition of separation and alienation from God and one another. We are in need of divine grace that alone reconciles us with God and one another." --www.CofChrist.org/basic-beliefs
This definition is about living more faithfully in all the relationships that make up our lives—with God, ourselves, others, and creation. The journey of Lent is about the return, reconciliation, and restoration to who we have always been invited to become…together. This is a time to take inventory of what may be misplaced or disordered in our lives so we may listen more deeply to the call of God and follow God more faithfully.
Our text from Matthew 6, invites us to greater humility on our walk with Christ, reminding us that where our heart is, our treasure will also be. This is the night for asking:
• Where is your heart?
• What is the treasure of this discipleship life?
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