Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday in Lent 2

Romans 2:25--3:18
v. 3:10 As it is written: "There is no one who is righteous, not even one."

I'm going to let Barbara Brown Taylor speak for me today. This is from her book Speaking of Sin (pp. 66-67).

"All sins are attempts to fill voids," wrote the French philosopher Simone Weil. Because we cannot stand the God-shaped hole inside of us, we try stuffing it full of all sorts of things, but it refuses to be filled. It rejects all substitutes. It insists on remaining bare. It is the holy of holies inside of us, which only God may fill.

When we are ready to honor the bare space instead of trying to stuff it full, then we are ready to consider what kind of new life God may be calling us to. Our answers will be as varied as our sins, but they will involve doing more than saying, more reformation than remorse. Meanwhile, I do not believe that sin is the enemy we often make it out to be, at least not when we recognize it and name it as such. When we see how we have turned away from God, then and only then do we have what we need to begin turning back. Sin is our only hope, the fire alarm that wakes us up to the possibility of true repentance.

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