Forgiveness = Love

It’s Lent – the season leading up to Easter that is a time of repentance, reflection and re-focusing our relationship with God. During this Lent on Sundays, we will focus on what’s known as the “Seven Last Words of Jesus.” Which is a little odd, because it’s really the seven last sayings of Jesus. But, it will be a fruitful time for us as we walk with Jesus to the cross.

Up this week is the first:

Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. Luke 23:34

Forgiveness. We crave it and yet can be poor at giving it. We believe that through Jesus we are forgiven. Jesus teaches us to be forgivers. But, it’s a challenge.

Henri J.M. Nouwen says, “Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.”

Forgiveness is love. That’s a different way to think of it. But now that I’m thinking about it, it seems to be a great truth. And yes, I need to receive forgiveness every hour increasingly. What would happen if we began to truly practice this great work? In these times of unrest, fear of the other and extreme disagreement. Perhaps we would begin to be peacemakers.

And that would change everything.

Your day will be changed for the better tomorrow when you join us at 10:00 am (one service only!) to hear “A Forgiving Tune” with Peter & Brendan Mayer. And then, at 3:00 pm at Pastor Dave and Amy’s home for a house concert with Peter & Brendan. We’ll be looking for you!

**Please note that some student leaders at RCHS are hosting a race tomorrow morning. They will need the area of the parking lot that we normally use. Please follow the signs to park in the northern end of the lot, we'll enter the school through the main lobby doors and proceed down the hallway. Bring a few canned goods with you to support the students! 

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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