*September 19, 2020
“Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” Isaiah 55:6-7
Dear friends and members of St. Paul’s,
What is the key to our individual and collective growth (renewal) as Christians? Is it a more disciplined way of doing things? Ever increasing giving of our time, talent, and treasure? A stronger prayer life? An increased connection to God’s word through daily scripture reading? All of these are good and helpful, but if I read the Scriptures correctly the key to spiritual renewal is repentance. Repentance is a gift, a recognition that whether we are consumed with despair or filled with pride, life is ultimately about the giver of all good things and the people he puts in our lives. Too often we have depended upon our abilities instead of the Lord’s promises or been consumed with our lack of abilities instead of his promises. The above verses, found in this weekend’s Old Testament reading, also remind us of the one who hears our repentant cries does not hesitate to bring compassion and abundant pardon our way. With that truth, return to the Lord your God.
Yours in Christ,