Apologies (Repentance) by a human being prepare the way for the Lord. Human nature tends to focus on what we are struggling with, or is hurting over, or a pain we are experiencing, or what we lack. Human nature tends to justify our actions. We tend to focus on our perceived injustice, our perceived lack, our perceived or actual poverty, our perceived or actual diseases, and we tend to so focus on these, that it hinders the way of the Lord into our life. Just one act, of repentance, and turning into a life of thankfulness, prepares the way of the Lord to intervene. Here is an example of what repentance looks like.
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)
There is never a time to blame God for a lack of any type. Let us ask for help in being thankful to God and move our attention away from our lack. This Sunday in every church that uses the Revised Common Lectionary will read in the gospel account of John the Baptist's message that repentance prepares the way for the Lord to intervene into a situation.
Just maybe, the act of apologies could pave a path for the Lord to come and intervene. Just maybe, John the Baptist's message is still timely and very revelant to all of us.
Lord, help me and others, apologize to you, others and to ourselves for things we have missed the mark in. We really do want and need you to come into our life. Help us as we turn our focus away from self to a life of giving thanks to you.