Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. Romans 7:7
Lent is a time for us to inwardly reflect to enable us to appreciate Easter more fully. In the above passages from Romans, Paul tries to help us by looking at the Law and how Christian faith relates to the Law. One of the risks of personal reflection is to be overwhelmed by the reality of just how sinful we are. Paul tells us that, as Christians, there is much more for us– redemption through Christ’s death and resurrection. This reality allows the Law to reveal to us our true brokenness– which is our sin.
There is a story of a small town that had a very dark and frightening forest at its edge. Many stories had been told about terrible things happening to those who ventured in. However, one time there was a young child who had taken very ill. The shortest way to the town’s doctor was through the forest. So, the child’s father took her by the hand and traveled through the forest to the doctor. She was later asked about the incident and wasn’t she afraid? Her answer was “No, I had my father’s hand”
Paul invites us to, while holding our Father’s hand, face our sins– not just of words but of deeds, as well, and promises us that we can then look to the future with great hope.
O Lord, take my hand and walk with me through the forest of my own sin. Let my response be sorrow over the evil I might have done and the good I have failed to do. Let your Love surround me and clothe me in the joy of your righteousness. Amen.