Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Wednesday

Read: John 7:53-8:11 and Psalm 128

Oh, how we love to throw rocks. Throwing rocks is fun! We get to show off just how holy and smart we are. We get to condemn that sinner. What we fail to realize is that we aren’t all that holy. We are sinners, too – we all are.

We start to judge people. We say things about them behind their backs. We sometimes get clever and try to disguise our gossip as “prayer requests”, and those of us raised in the South will even throw in a “Bless her heart” to ease the blow.

But we’re all sinners. We’ve all blown it. Lent is the opportunity to come to terms with that, and to find ways to keep from making the same mistakes again and again. Lent is the opportunity to get frank with God and ask his forgiveness for having slapped him in the face. Spend some time asking God’s forgiveness.

And now the hard part: Go to the people at whom you have thrown rocks and ask their forgiveness, too. Write your own prayer.

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