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.
"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.)