by Pastor Mark
We gave everyone rocks on Sunday in church. Not just any old rock, but nicely polished little stones in purple satchels. You may have heard of people being stoned in church before (in more ways than one), but not this way. With the stone was a card that said, “…forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…” Everyone who received a stone was asked to carry it with them every day during Lent.
Our theme for Lent is “Forgiveness” and our Lenten spiritual practice is to carry around this little stone as a reminder of the weight of resentment and anger. Forgiveness is a term that is thrown around a lot, but many people are confused about it means and how to do it. When we forgive someone we rediscover the humanity of the person who hurt us and we revise our feelings toward him/her. This involves surrendering any desire to get even. Letting go of resentment and anger can be like removing a rock tied to our leg. It is a movement toward freedom for ourselves and possible reconciliation with the one who harmed us.
Forgiveness, though, does not necessarily mean reconciliation,and it also does not mean forgetting, nor the abandonment of justice. In fact, to forgive can be a big help in the pursuit of justice, because unburdened by blinding anger we can see a clear path toward what needs to be done.
If you missed getting stoned this past Sunday we have plenty of more rocks for everyone this week. And be sure to invite your friends for this important sermon series. Just tell them you go to the church that rocks!
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