Lenten Reflection 1
This story was told by the preacher this morning during the Holy Communion at 8am.A father was trying to get his son to sit down. He gently asked, "Son, sit down". The son refused to sit down. The son folded his arms and continued to stand in front of the father, carryng a grouchy face. The father got a little patient, but still hoping that the son would obey him, saying, "Son, sit down!" The son still refused to sit down, standing there, arms folded. This time the father was very impatient, raised his voice and said, "Son, Sit Down!" This time round, the son knew that the father was getting angry, and thus decided to sit down, with his arms still folded. The he said to the father, "My outside is sitting down…but my inside is not. I am still standing up!"
Today is the first day of the season of Lent. This season is very special as it calls Christians from all walks of life to slow down their pace and start to have time to reflect on their spiritual standing. How often we are in the mad rush and hard to have the time to think about our relationship with God, repentance and forgiveness. The Lenten season is always mark with series of deep reflection on themes like repentance, forgiveness, sin, God’s mercy and love and etc.
Today, the preacher expressed his deep concern for the church. Not just Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, but the Church universal. His greatest concern for Christians throughout the world, or even from the world he came from, is that believers worship with their lips, but their hearts are far away from God. Is your heart, is my heart, far away from God? Where is your heart at the moment? Do we have a place for God in our heart? If yes, is that place the most important place in your heart? Or is God simply secondary or in the third of fourth placing of your heart?
Why is it important to have God in our hearts and what more the most important place? I think the answer is obvious, it is because Jesus has given all for us. We are never secondary in His heart! When I think about His suffering and His pain, I always ask myself, how could anyone love me like this. What manner of love is this? I cannot understand how could someone love me, such a sinner…such a wretched sinner. I have failed the Lord so many times, and yet, His love for me never fails. The only way I can possibly repay Him of such love (though not expected by Him) is to put Him first in my heart.
The preacher quoted from Proverbs 4:23, "Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life." This Lenten season we need to re-look into our hearts and see where Christ’s position is. In a world with so much uncertainty, there is one thing we know for sure….that is Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. He will come again in glory and splendour. He will come again to take His beloved home….So therefore, we need to guard our hearts and our minds to allow absolutely nothing to take away our love for Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
I myself need to repent of so many things that keep me away from loving God. I really enjoyed today’s service, especially when Rev. Kuan replaced the Creed with Psalm 51, instructing us to read the psalm responsively. It was powerful move. It was a powerful prayer of repentance and forgiveness. It is especially powerful when we prayed that prayer in unison as church.
Let us indeed, take this season of Lent to reflect and to think deep into our relationship with God and how we should repond to what’s going on int he world with the Bible as our manual.