Lament, as a verb, means to regret deeply. Anticipating Easter, Christians all over the world use the season of Lent as a time of introspection. When I self-search it leaves me lamenting. There are so many ways I have failed, so many hurts I have inflicted, so many good deeds I have left undone. It could get really overwhelming except for the fact that I know Easter is coming. Easter took care of all my past sins and allows me to start fresh every day. Easter saves me from despair.
It’s good to be memorizing Colossians 1:21, 22 (NIV) this week:
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation-
I can let go of all the guilt and self-incrimination because He made a way for me to escape. All I have to do is take that way of escape. Lent gives me intentional time to think about all I have been forgiven, and when I do, I realize the vastness of His sacrifice, for He not only did this for me, but for each and every one who believes.
May you, too, be able to let go,