In today’s First Reading, God’s words remind me of both forgiveness and rejoicing.
“The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind.” When I read this, I immediately think of forgiveness. How wonderful of our God to both forgive my sins AND not remember them as well. As I think about my life, have I been able to forgive and forget? If a friend does something to upset me, I may forgive them for their actions, but do I really forget how they disappointed or hurt me? But if God can forgive all of the sins I have committed and not remember them at all…I think I have some work to do!
The Reading then goes on to say, “…there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create;…”.
Well, God created me, and each and every one of us. It reminds me of the birth of a child; the happiness and rejoicing my husband and I felt as we welcomed our children into the world. Even our doctor said, “whoever doesn’t believe in miracles, has never witnessed the birth of a child!” As I look around me, I am astounded at everything God has created, my family, my friends, the beautiful seasons of the year. I hope to look for the joy and happiness in each and every day, knowing it is there, because God created it for all of us.
“Help me to grow this Lent in an awareness
of the gifts you place in my life
and in a greater appreciation for your care.”
“Lent: One Day of Prayer – Week 4” Creighton University. 2015 Creighton University Web.
9 March 2015. <http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/Daily-prayers-04.html>