Mar 13 • 31M

Forgiveness in the Wilderness

A Lenten Message

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Heather Weber (Dear Exiles)
Like the Hebrew exiles in Babylon, people of faith need a road map—or a story or a song—to envision a life of flourishing while living far from our heavenly home. Join me if you, too, are endeavoring to build a house or plant a garden in the spirit of Jeremiah 29. I’m talking in metaphors, of course. (Extra points for you if you literally operate power tools and grow tomatoes.)
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This message was originally preached on March 8, 2020, during the Lenten season. The message of forgiveness is particularly appropriate during Lent, because the suffering we experience in response to another person’s wrongdoing can feel like a wilderness in its own right. Faithfulness to God requires our willful orientation toward forgiveness. But before we can release an offense to God, we must first (as C.S. Lewis said) “[see] it in all its horror, dirt, meanness and malice.” This message includes a practical reflection and prayer time at the end.

Scripture passage: Matthew 18:21-35

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