Thursday, February 18, 2016

Devotion 2.18.16

February 18       From Regrets to Repentance via Reflection 

Welcome your regrets? Yes, here’s why. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “I’m still discovering right up to this moment, that it is only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith.  One must completely abandon any attempt to make something of oneself, whether it be a saint, or a converted sinner, or a churchman (a so-called priestly type!), a righteous man or an unrighteous one, a sick man or a healthy one.  By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities.  In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world – watching with Christ in Gethsemane.  That, I think, is faith; that is metanoia; and that is how one comes a man and a Christian.” (“Letters and Papers from Prison”)
Metanoia is a change of mind after self-reflection. Sounds Lenten, doesn’t it? From people and problems come regrets, regrets lead to reflection, and reflection to repentance. 
CTRL+ALT+DEL: Lord, teach me to welcome regrets as an incentive to reflect and turn to You in repentance, in metanoia. Amen.

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