Today we begin our journey through season of Lent. We will walk with the Savior reviewing His passion, suffering and death. Then, on Easter Sunday we shall hear those glorious words, “Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. Alleluia!” As we begin our Lenten pilgrimage we start with the first commandment. You shall have no other gods, period. Because we cannot keep this commandment we have trouble with the others. Because of our fallen nature we find ourselves to be separated from God, broken, beaten.
On Ash Wednesday, we come face to face with our own mortality. Dust. Ashes. If we are honest with ourselves, we know that we are forever running after other gods – sex, power, money, our own agendas and plans. So on this day we begin the process of turning back, or rather we are turned back by God, that we might learn again to fear, love, and trust in Him. St. Paul reminds us, For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19
Lord, the Lenten season will be upon us once again. As we begin this journey may we look to You and learn to trust Your word and place our confidence in Christ’s work.
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