Try, try again

Where is the god who can compare with you- wiping the slate clean of guilt, turning a blind eye, a deaf ear, to the past sins of your purged and precious people?  You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long, for mercy is your specialty.  That’s what you love most.  And compassion is on its way to us.  You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing.  You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean.  -Micah 7: 18-19, The Message

Any one else stumbling in their Lenten practices?  We are two weeks in, 4 1/2 weeks to go until Easter.  Has anyone given up yet?  I am doing ok on my “personal” Lenten “sacrifice” of giving up T.V. in the evening.  It’s actually nice to have a quiet house as we read or play games.  But, I have fallen apart posting on the blog for UCM.  I blame it on “snow brain” as we finish up one storm and now are heading in to another.  Life is like that sometimes.  We fall apart in the midst of the “storms of life” and things we promised ourselves that we would do for God (pray, read the Bible, worship, do good works, etc) get left in the dust as we cope with whatever we are facing.  Friends, hear the Good News!  Our God, who loves us and is merciful to us, will forgive us our sins, and our Lenten slip ups!  Don’t give up!  If you have fallen away from your Lenten practices, forgive yourself, and start again.  It’s ok.  God knows we mess up, forget, and sometimes just fall apart.  Guess what?  God loves us anyway.  God wants a relationship with us, so remember that as you continue to pursue your Lenten spiritual practices and disciplines. Wipe your slate clean of guilt; you are God’s precious child.  -Susan

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