Lent Devotion: Reconcile

Written by Pastor Becca McCary

Washington Cathedral is taking the season of Lent to help families practice their faith together, transforming ordinary times and spaces into sacred times and spaces, a chance to go deeper in their faith. Over the next seven weeks of lent, as a church and as a family, we will focus on a spiritual practice to help us connect with God and those around us. Our seven spiritual practices will be: reconciling, prayer, cleaning, listening, serving, worship, and study.

Week 1: Reconcile  

Introduction:

God wants to meet with you this Lent. He wants to come into the ordinary times and places in your life in a holy way, transforming your life. This week’s ordinary space transformation challenge is: Reconciliation.

forgivenessScripture Reflection:

Matthew 5:23-24 (NLT)

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

 Challenge:

Write down or paint the word “Reconciliation” on a rock or piece of paper as your holy reminder. Then choose an ordinary space in your life where you are going to focus on reconciliation. Try to practice reconciliation one time in that ordinary space your life this week. Then, watch God transform this ordinary space into a holy Space for you.

Practices:

-As a spouse, you might want to put the word “Reconciliation” on your pillow. Then when you are going to bed, you will look for a chance to reconnect with your spouse. Say you’re sorry, make things right, and put your relationship first as a priority.

-As a child, you might want to put the word “Reconciliation” by your toothbrush. When you are getting ready for bed, look for an opportunity to apologize to your sibling for any time you may have hurt their feelings that day. Say you you’re sorry, make things right, and put your relationship first as a priority.

-As a single person, put the word “Reconciliation” by your tablet or computer. Look for an opportunity to apologize to someone on social media. Say you you’re sorry, make things right, and put your relationship first as a priority.

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