Reflection by Scott Stoner
The Prayer of Confession continues with acknowledging that there are two different ways we can sin against God and our neighbor:
… by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
Yesterday we reflected on an expanded understanding of sin that included thoughts, words, and deeds. The portion of the prayer we are looking at today expands our understanding of sin to include not just things we have done, but things we have left undone.
When I think of the things I have left undone, I am reminded of the ways I could have helped but didn’t—the phone call or visit I could have made but didn’t, the opportunity I had to stand up against injustice and didn’t. There are almost always good excuses for the things “we have left undone,” but the reality is we can sin against God and our neighbor as much by what we don’t do as what we do.
Making It Personal: What stands out for you when you read the above line? Can you think of a time when you have regretted something you left undone?
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.