Today’s Word: ‘REPENTANCE’ as in … changing one’s mind, one’s hearts; going in a new direction.
There’s a good chance that many of us have some baggage connected to this beautiful ancient word. That may be true because someone else may have told us that we had to do it. Honestly, repentance is neither easy nor popular. But then, neither is broccoli. But to repent is to turn toward some new point, it’s a change of mind and heart.
In the faith community, to say ‘we repent of our sin’ is really nothing more than acknowledging the brokenness in our relationships with others, one another and our relationship with the One who desires to be in relationship with us.
It’s acknowledging that we’ve all had a hand in that cookie jar.
I first learned to practice repentance in a way that actually breathed new life into me at Holden Village. Holden is an ecumenical retreat community in the Cascade Mountains of the Wenatchee National Forest in Washington State. It was while I was living there with a very small community of about sixty people during a winter some years ago that I connected repentance to the words and melody of a beautiful song.
The World Peace Prayer is a song of hope and change, a song of new direction; of tuning our hearts to different, thriving rhythms. These words have been swirling inside me for the past three days. What I appreciate most about this prayer is that I’m not just tossing the responsibility for peace-making into some Cosmic Lap, passively hoping that peace will just happen. Rather, this prayer places the responsibility for creating peace in my own lap; in our laps. Together we co-create peace in the world along with the Creator who call us into it. So let’s make this our prayer together:
“Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth, from despair to hope, from fear to trust, lead us from hate to love, from war to peace; let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world, let peace fill our universe.”