Season 7: Week 4 | Confession: Coming Home to God
The seasons of the church year are meant to teach us something about the spiritual life we need to learn. In fact, by entering into these seasons we experience the deeper dynamics and rhythms of the spiritual life by walking closely with Jesus and learning from him as we go. In this season of the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast, we are privileged to prepare and walk through the season of Lent together.
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Revised Common Lectionary
Lent: A Season of Returning, Ruth Haley Barton
Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation, M. Robert Mulholland Jr.
The Prayer Tree, Michael Leunig
Transforming Resources: Lent Resources
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Lent: Music in Solitude
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The difficulty I experience with confession is that it’s never done. I can never get it right. It’s like dusting in a sunbeam, where you see all the particles swirlng through the air and you are unable to capture them. You know they’re going to settle right back down on the surface you just dusted. The weight of hopelessness is so strong. It’s not that I believe I’ve done too much for God to forgive, it’s that I can’t begin to confess everything. It’s not only a matter of where do I begin, but also when do I stop?
Just noticed the comment above – I wonder if her computer affected the volume of the music. I say that because my response was completely the opposite. I often do not care for background music – finding it sappy and distracting – but I found yours to be tasteful and enhancing to the readings and the mood. Thank you for the podcasts – they are very effective.
Ruth, I’m in TC 15 and love these Lenten reflections. Today’s on confession was super good. My only suggestion is that the background music is WAY too loud. I could barely hear the scripture readings and then when you got to your ending prayer – such a distraction.