LENTEN CONNECTIONS: Waves of Forgiveness

Who has not longed for walks on a beach with the waves crashing and lapping at your feet? Do you ever tire of watching the waves gather strength, pull up and away, then break and foam? What about the feel of the sand beneath your feet? Have you ever noticed how the texture of the sand changes as the you move away from the shoreline? The hot, dry, fine, rolling dunes become cool, damp, coarse and firm as you make your way closer to the constant movement of the water.

Though the sand endures constant pounding on the shore, the path is clear, smooth and much easier to walk on compared to slogging through the blistering sand further inland. Footprints disappear as the power of the waves wash over them, beckoning a fresh, new path.

As we walk through these days of Lent, choosing to remember the suffering Christ endured for our redemption, it can feel like a constant pounding, or stirring up within. We at times want to run inland and flop down on the hot, dry, still sand, away from the stinging salt water and roughness, and yet if we continue to stay the course, God will use his cleansing, healing waves of forgiveness to give us the assurance of His presence as He shows us the way we should go.

Isaiah 48:17,18

This is what the LORD says—

your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:

“I am the LORD your God,

who teaches you what is best for you,

who directs you in the way you should go.

If only you had paid attention to my commands,

your peace would have been like a river,

your well-being like the waves of the sea.

Hebrews 10:22  Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Prayer: Our Father, thank you for giving us glimpses of you in creation. Give us faith to be strong, give us strength to be faithful as we stay close to the shoreline of your cleansing forgiveness and newness of life.

For further reading in Hebrews 10:19-23

www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2010:19-23&version=NIV

Contributed by Heather Armour

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