And So We Turn

And So We Turn

March 23

PSALM 51:1-12

Sometimes we see it for what it is. Our brokenness. Our failure, shame, or sin. When there is no way to reframe it in some prettier or more palatable light, not even to ourselves—it just is. As the psalmist says, it is “ever before” us (v. 3). We cannot push it far enough to the periphery. And so we turn.

Throughout the Bible, we read of “repentance.” The Greek term is metanoia—and deeply woven into its meaning is a turning. And while it involves turning-from old ways, there is to us the most critical and profoundly life-altering, heart-changing thing: the turning-to.

When caught in the harsh, unfiltered glare of our sin, may we turn to God’s mercy. May we be comforted in the honesty and the realization that here, even in frailty and failures we are forgiven: cleansed and clothed in his righteousness.

In the beautiful and brokenness of our ways, may we turn to the work of grace you do in our hearts. We cannot thank you enough. AMEN.

About the Author

Jim Lane  |  My greatest joy is my family—our children, Isaac, Rachel, Eli, and Moriah, and my wife and best friend of 26 years, Sara. I’ve been in ministry since way back—since I had hair—and currently serve as associate pastor at Hope Covenant Church in Chandler, Arizona. I’m blown away by grace, humbled by the chance to serve, and thankful for all things green and brown and mountainy and trail-ish. I’m fervent in my belief that formational practices are key in a world such as this to quieting our souls from all of the clamor—to hearing and connecting with God. I believe in the underseen being seen. I love to be with the fam and to run, hike, and camp. When I am not doing those things (even when I am doing those things!), I am loving good food, good friends, good music (don’t get me started), and authenticity.

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