Reflection by Scott Stoner
Each Saturday this Lent we will take a few moments to integrate and reflect on what we have learned during the week. This first week is a short week because we began with Ash Wednesday, but it is good to get in the habit of using the space provided here for Saturday reflections and to internalize what we have learned.
As we explore the theme of Practicing Forgiveness with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind, we will find that forgiveness is a process that involves several stages. The first stage has to do with having new thoughts or insights about forgiveness. Next, we often find that we want to have a word/conversation with someone about our thoughts. It may be someone with whom we want either to seek, or to offer, forgiveness, or we may be reading this devotional with others and want to discuss with them what we are learning. The final stage of forgiveness is often some kind of action that we are ready to take to finalize or outwardly demonstrate the forgiveness.
This process of thought, word, and deed will be repeated each Saturday and so today we invite you to make note of your thoughts, words, and deeds related to what you have learned this week about forgiveness in the “Making it Personal” section below.
Making It Personal: Looking back on the readings for these first few days of Lent, as well as your own notes, what thoughts were most important for you? Did you, or do you intend to, have a conversation with someone about what you are learning? Is there something you have already done, or some action that you want to take, as a result of what you are learning? How does that make you feel?
Follow along with us this Lent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.