Our reading for today focuses on “a contrite heart.”
I am reminded of the opening Collect for the Ash Wednesday service in which we ask God to “…create and make in us new and contrite hearts…”
Being “contrite,” as I understand it, is more than simply being regretful or apologetic or self-reproachful; it can be a moment of clarity and recognition that yes, I have sinned “in thought, word and deed.” Honestly recognizing and acknowledging that sin is a first step.
But what can I do with that? I try to remember that I am human and created in God’s image, and that God loves me and will sustain me as I reflect this Lent on the ways that I have separated myself from God.
Just as importantly, I try to be aware of the ways that I can live differently and renew my relationship with God and with others not just through my words and prayer but also through my actions.
Lord, have mercy.
-Tom Smyth, EFM Mentor