Matthew 18:33-35 and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."

Our theme of Lent is preparing for the kingdom of Heaven, and last week we spoke of the importance of fueling up with Word and Sacraments for the journey. So we'll begin this week, fueled up and ready to go - and as on any journey one of the questions that usually comes up is, are we there yet? Especially after you've been going for some time, its natural to want to know how much further there is to go. It can be even worse, if you look out the window, and it looks like you haven't moved.

Sometimes in life there are obstacles in the way. Sometimes life can be like driving in circles, you do a lot of traveling, but go no where. Sometimes you can be going straight, but going in the wrong direction. But what we are talking about today, is an anchor to the past that keeps you from going anywhere. Because and anchor is what you have, when you don't forgive others, as God has forgiven you.

There may be some times when it is good to have an anchor, but an anchor is not what you want to hold on to, when you are drowning. Why would we be drowning? Because of our sins. Not only do our sins separate us from God, but the leave us drowning in guilt, shame, and hopelessness, because we cannot do enough to free us from the chains of sin, and if you are already chained in sin, why would you want an anchor? But that's just the way a grudge works,