>Ash Wednesday…


So, I didn’t go to church anywhere and have ashes put on my forehead… but I think it’s a pretty cool ritual. This t-shirt made me laugh.
In all my years, I can not say that I have actually seen anyone walking around with the ash marks still on their forehead. Weird? I wonder why not?
I’ll put that on my list of things to consider next year. It might spur some good conversation, after all.
That reminds me of something I was thinking about during my prayer time this morning…
I was wondering if the way people broadcast what they are fasting took away from the depth of the season. What I came away with, is the fact that this ritual is a community effort… a communal practice. The people spoke openly about this in days long ago and I believe that it is a wonderful way to walk through rememberance together.
Once again, since I am new to Lent, I decided that just to be sure… I would keep my public proclamation of no coffee and no sugar, but I will also make a few private commitments as well.
Day 1 has proven to be interesting. My public confessions were well minded. I did not stray. However, my private ones were not as successful. I wouldn’t say I failed miserably… but I did already unintentionally miss the mark.
I have no intention of chiding myself… only observing and learning. So to that, I say… I will be more mindful to ask the Holy Spirit’s assistance in keeping my intentions in those areas.
Are you observing Lent this year? Have you always/ever?
If so, what does it mean to you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts…

One Comment to “>Ash Wednesday…”

  1. >I was raised Catholic, of course we observed Lent! Did I get it? Not a bit. Now, I do. The way we observe is different, no ashes on the head anymore (which were wiped off by a friend at school saying, "you have something on you.") and I typically don't give up anything. It's an attitude of the heart, the same as fasting. A time to be intentional in prayer and focus on God. A time, like the Spring, for growth. The land must be tilled before it can be planted. Praying for you as you go through this season of tilling.

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