Saturday, March 17, 2007


I've really enjoyed Lent this year. It seems an odd thing to say but it's true. I see and feel a lot of parallels with the Advent season. I didn't really give up anything this year. In the past, I've asked God to expose any idol or potential idolatry in my life, and then that becomes what I would give up. But God didn't expose any external idolatry in my life this year--which is a good thing!! On the other hand, it's been more internal--the harder stuff to get rid of sometimes. It's been my own selfishness. I've been preaching a lot on sin. Maybe my folks are getting tired of it! But in preaching sin, I also get to preach redemption and forgiveness and how it is always, always available. And I've been preaching to and for myself because it's what I've needed.


Blogger Ang Shih said...

I've found it easier for me to see how much I've fallen short of God's grace in the past few years. But, I celebrate that, because one, I'm not in this other universe that requires me to live in my own righteousness, and building my house upon it. In seeing that sin, I can celebrate God's grace and redemption like you said! There's freedom in that! Can you believe that there's freedom in acknowledge your sins? Unbelievable, how incredible God truly is! I would have LOVED your preaching on sin and redemption! :) I bet you did wonderful!!!

March 19, 2007 at 8:25 PM

Blogger Rev. Monroe said...

Exactly, Angela. I celebrate for the same reason. I learned a long time ago that I am utterly incapable of being my own Savior.

March 20, 2007 at 5:22 AM


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