Lent a time of renewal, repentance, forgiveness

“Out of the depths I call to you, Lord; Lord hear my cry! May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, mark our sins, Lord who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered.”
— Psalms 130:1-2


We began Lent Wednesday and this is a time for us to call out to God for mercy and forgiveness, as it is a time of repentance and renewal.
How will you mark this season in our Christian church? If you have not decided the steps you will take to become closer to God throughout the next six weeks, spend time in prayer and contemplation, thinking about how you will dedicate yourself to preparation for the Triduum and Easter.
Some people think about a shortcoming and make the arduous decision to address how this inadequacy affects and limits their life. This requires tremendous courage, because we must first have blind honesty with ourselves, which is not always an easy task. We must realize there is a weakness that has caused us to stumble and falter, pulling us farther from the person we had hoped to become. Then we must see that there is a change that needs to be made, as well as find the motivation within ourselves to begin the steps to enact that change. No small feat, indeed.
They say Lent is not for the faint of heart, but rather for the one who desires a deeper, more authentic relationship with God. This profound, meaningful, genuine connection with our Creator requires fortitude and stamina, which we acquire during Lent when we are attentive to a renewed self. Turn to God for sustenance and spiritual nourishment, as He repairs and restores your earthly self to the wholeness He intended for you.

Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.