Grace and peace to you all!
Last week during the sermon I showed part of a video called “Fifty People, One Question: Galway” (you can find it here online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP7pdAn3foE&t=298s). Each person is asked the question: what is your biggest life regret? It’s incredibly poignant to watch their faces as they ponder, and answer that question. It makes me ask the same question of myself, and do my own pondering.
Lent is a season of repentance: an honest reckoning of ourselves, our gifts and faults, our graces and sins. We offer it all up to God, trusting that the One who made us and loves us will be able to turn even the hardest parts of our lives toward the good (though we may not have any idea how that can happen). Paul writes in Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose.”
Why does Paul write this? Out of his own experience, his own conversion from persecutor of Christians to disciple of Christ. And because he knows the Jesus story: not even the cross could stop God’s love, not even death can stop God’s eternal life. Our regrets are hard, certainly, but they are not the end of the story. As God’s beloved, we know that even our worst moments can work together for good.
Thanks be to God!