Contrary to popular belief, pastors are not born being pastors. If you asked my parents about when I was younger, especially a teenager, they would tell you stories about how much sleep they lost worrying about what I was up to. I never got into any trouble that I would consider especially bad, but I did test my parents’ love at times, and I certainly found myself in “the depths” from time to time.
But my parents kept loving me. They looked past my faults and offered forgiveness and redemption when I needed it. I know how much of a blessing that was, and I know that wasn’t everyone’s experience at home.
Psalm 130 gives us the words to come to terms with how our sin has affected our relationship with God. But even in the despair, loneliness, brokenness and shame, this psalm points us to the hope and promise that God’s steadfast love covers all things.
No matter what we do, we have forgiveness and redemption from the God who hears our cries and frees God’s people.
Steadfast God, hear our cries, heal our pain, and fill us with the hope and joy of your forgiveness. Amen. — JZ