St. Timothy Lutheran Church

A Reflection by Bishop John S. Macholz


In my younger years I believed that God could not remember my sins

anymore because I figured that I committed so many of them that God

couldn't possibly keep them all straight. It brought me small comfort. In

my older years as I understood the love of God in Christ in its depth and

purity I realized that it wasn't so much a matter of remembering all my

sins, it was more a reality of the fact that God in Christ forgave them,

period. No matter how many millions of them there were on any given

day. No matter how many times I committed the same sins over and over

and over and over and over again! God's grace and love was more than

sufficient for my weakness.

And yet, some days that's truly hard to believe. It's hard to believe that

someone could love me so much as to place aside my sin, come to me

with forgiveness and embrace me with a love that will not let me go. It's

sometimes hard to believe in a world where "I" come first and everyone

else is second. It's difficult to process when our public discourse becomes

demeaning and angry and we fight back with our own words that degrade

and diminish the lives of others. Yet it is true.

Our God is forgetful, forgetful of our sins and shortcomings as God

offers us unbounded forgiveness for all that we have done and for what

we have left undone. God remembers them no more. Proof of that is

witnessed on the cross as Christ breathes his last and offers these words:

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." While spoken

about those who stood at the foot of the cross having crucified him those

words travel across time and reach our ears and hearts and lives as well.

Hear them as gift and grace. Receive them as hope for this moment.

Celebrate them this day and every day, recalling that God remembers

your sin no more! Thanks be to God.


Quote

"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has

forgiven the inexcusable in you." C.S. Lewis


(Editor’s note: We look forward to hearing from Pastor Ivy in the May

Church Mouse. She was unavailable this edition due to the flu.)

Pastor's Message

April 2018

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